Hub van Doorne overcame poverty and an elementary-school education to become one of the auto industry's foremost inventors and entrepreneurs.
The Dutchman's legacy includes founding truck and carmaker DAF and designing the first continuously variable transmission for a car.
Using his sharp mind and gifted hands, Van Doorne opened a machine shop in Eindhoven, southern Holland, on April 1, 1928.
Soon after, he started making lightweight trailers. The success of the trailers spurred him to rename the company Van Doorne's Aanhangwagenfabriek, or DAF, in 1932. Those three letters still fit when van Doorne changed the full name of his company to Van Doorne's Automobielfabrieken in 1949. The change coincided with the start of heavy-truck production at the expanded facilities in Eindhoven.