DAF 55 Review

1972 DAF 55 Marathon from Belgium

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

Summary:

Very nice car to drive with automatic system

Faults:

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