TDF is a british-italian automaker formed in 1929 under S.T. Herman Motorcars. It is known for it’s legendary V8 powered grand tourers, and 6 cylinder luxury cars.
Layout: OHV 12v R6
Construction: cast iron
Notes: Supercharged versions had many LeMans wins, very succesful race engine
Layout: OHV 24v V12
Constuction: cast iron
Notes: known for being incredibly smooth
Layout: DOHC 12v R6
Constuction: cast block, alu heads
Notes: Last hurrah of TDF I6s
Layout: DOHC 32v V8
Notes: developed as racing engine, replaced imported engines for a short time
An A15 Taxi
TDF’s first car was the A series, launcheed in 1940. Powered by a 42hp 3-cylinder motor (for the A15 models), and it had the bare essentials of a car, and the sedan was a poular taxi. It came in A15 4-door sedan, A21 4-door sedan, A21-4 4-door sedan, A15 3-door wagon, A21 3-door wagon, A21-4 3-door wagon, A21 pickup, A21-4 picup, A21 van, and A21-4 van models. The A15 was available with 2 and 3-speed manuals, while A21s got 3 speeds and A21-4s 4-speeds and 4wd. The A21-4 vans were popular mail carriers into the early 60s.
A B35 Saloon taking a drive down a canyon road
The next model was the B Saloon, released in '48. It was a fullsized luxury car, and had i6s ranging from 2.6-3.5 litres in displacement. It survived only until '53.
A C29 prototype, on it’s way to a farm house.
In 1953, the TDF C29 was introduced. With a 129hp 2.9L i6, the revolutionary executive car could get to 122mph! It was an amazing car, but it didn’t sell great. In 1957, it got a brand-new DOHC 2.1L i6.
A range of more affordable cars cars were introduced in 1955- the tiny E, smallish D, and midsized DL.
NAM 191 by TDF
In 1963, TDF was a succesful automaker and recently, design house. They were well known for the fiberglass Renaissance C22, Renaissance Coupe SS22, and Executive B49. NAM was a Soviet automaker that was preparing to enter the european market. Executives at NAM contacted many design firms to woprk on their new car, but eventually settled with TDF on February 13th, 1963. Chairman of S.T. Herman motorcars (TDF’s parent company), Stevi L. Herman Jr. handed Andrej Vumam this picture on the December 1st, 1963-
NAM was happy with it, and Project Eurotype was started. NAM set the requirements as so-
- Based on NAM 171
- Cost less than 3000 OR be competitive to a Onaria type 71
- Compatable with 91 RON Leaded
The final product was a beautiful, overpriced, luxury sport sedan that dampened any further buissness between the 2 companies. In 1967, the sporty 191/CS model was added to the range