DAF 55 Review from Belgium

1972 DAF 55 Marathon

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carDAF DAF 55


Very nice car to drive with automatic system


This car, due to its concept (with variomatic) has very high fuel consumption (@ 11L/100).

It's difficult to give an appreciation cause my car was always a rally car from new in 72.

General Comments:

This little car is quite quick - it received a big valve head, a special cam, and one Weber 40DCOE - I don't know the real power cause I can't go on a rolling road; there is no differential at all.

The variomatic use two reinforced belts, and when driving in a hair spin, you can have a ratio on the tight wheel and another on the other one.

That's a little amazing when you begin using it - on snow f.e. in quick drive the car wants to go straight on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2008

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review