Classic Car Catalogue

DAF 1971

33
44
55

Netherlands

DAF 33
Comfort: £685 (incl. P.T.)
De Luxe: £715 (incl. P.T.)
This is based on the very first car turned out by the van Doorne truck manufacturing company of Holland - DAF, incidentally, stands for van Doorne Automobiel Fabrieken. The 33 has a flat-twin air-cooled engine of 746 c.c.s that drives this light car along at a modest rate through the now famous Variomatic transmission. This is DAF's unique automatic drive through belts that really is the simplest two-pedal system in existence. Suspension is independent all round and steering by rack and pinion for lightness. An ideal second car, easy for wives to drive.
DAF 55
Saloon: £895 (incl. P,T.)
Coupé: £1,005 (incl. P.T.)
Estate: £1,025 (incl. P.T.)
This delightful small car is another example of co-operation between two manufacturers - DAF supply the car and Renault the engine. There's no doubt that it's a very happy union and the three 55 models, saloon, Coupé and estate car, are all extremely lively and pleasant to drive. They feature DAF's ingenious Variomatic transmission, which drives through belts and is the most automatic system going. The engine is the Renault 1108 c.c. unit which is familiar as an economical and powerful small unit. Equipment is pretty comprehensive, too.
DAF 55 MARATHON £1,050 (incl. P.T.)
This car commemorates the Dutch firm's achievement in finishing the 1968 London-Sydney marathon, and features a special version of the Renault 1100 engine tuned to produce an extra 10 b.h.p. There's a brake servo too, slightly stiffer springs and wider wheels and tyres, while stripes down the sides show the neighbours you are driving something out of the ordinary. It still has the Variomatic transmission, of course, but it's the quickest DAF yet, with a 0-50 time of under nine seconds and a top speed of about 90 m.p.h. Very well finished with attractive interior.

London show review
 

33

33 (2 cyl, 746 cm, pk; wb: 2050 mm)
 Sedan
 Van
 Pick-up

 

44

44 (2 cyl, 844 cc, 34 pk; wb: 2250 mm)
 Sedan
 Kombi

 

55

55 (4 cyl, 1108 cc, 50 pk; wb: 2250 mm)
 Sedan
 Coupé
 Kombi
55 Marathon (4 cyl, 1108 cm, 65 pk; 2250 mm) (dealer option) - discontinued
55 Marathon (4 cyl, 1108 cm, 63 pk; 2250 mm) - new model
 Sedan
 Coupé


55 Sedan

55 Coupé

55 Coupé

55 Marathon

55 Kombi
 

           
           

 

Victories:
         
         
Entries and results:
‚ÄÉTarga Florio (16.05.1971) Entrant: Results:
        gen. class category
#62 55 Gordini Laurent/Haxhe   fail. - -
             

DAF 55 Gordini (Claude Laurent - Jean-Louis Haxhe) at Targa Florio.