The Daf 66 Marathon was an attempt to save an image. There were car haters at the TROS and our own revolutionary car brand Daf has lost its reputation despite brave efforts to prevent it. Despite all the efforts of the factory to refute the fact that the stepless Variomat - which was way ahead of its time - was the solution to participate in traffic for mentally and physically very limited fellow humans. There were garage owners in the Netherlands who pinched the engine in such a way that such an arm Dafje did not run faster than 25 km / h.
This turned out to be interesting for elderly people who were then allowed to drive this slow shopping car without a driver's license. And deadly for the image. A 'fully automatic bitch shaker with braces drive'. A terrible description of a fantastic concept. Oh yes: about those car haters at the TROS.
During the completely crazy reverse racing, a lot of Dafs died on TV. Because Dafjes were very popular in that program. After all, with a Daf you could drive forwards and backwards just as fast. According to our data, there is even less than 500 on the license plate. And how many of them are in good order and moving?
Daf and the image
Daf did a lot, if not everything, to present the brand in a sporty & dynamic way. That worked most convincingly in the London-Sydney marathon.
The London-Sydney Marathon was a non-stop rally in 1968 (with the exception of the crossing from Bombay to Fremantle, Australia). A rally that still appeals to the imagination. And according to the stories, the toughest rally in the world (10.000 miles with a top prize of 10.000 pounds) was an unprecedented success for two Daf's 55.
Rob Slotemaker and Rob Janssen with starting number 30 and David van Lennep and Peter Hissink with starting number 69 not only reached the finish, but starting number 30 also ensured a top ranking to finish overall as 17e. That was with a DAF 55. And then came the DAF 66.
The Daf 66 Marathon
In 1973, Daf's most sporty car of all time came on the market. The car had a laminated windscreen and seats with headrests, the so-called nun-hood seats. The - thanks to the London-Sydney Marathon - Marathon version was previously Daf 55, with a small 60 PK, wider wheels and the distinctive striping. The Daf 66 Marathon started with an 1100 cc Renault block behind the headlights, bringing the power to just under the 60 hp.
Later there was an 1.300 cc version of the Daf 66 Marathon. Between the seats it was also sporting, because that was where a real center console was mounted in Born around the smart little stick. There were some blind holes in it, for which you could order some extra meters. Or assemble yourself later. That was cheaper. There was a De Dion rear axle instead of pendulum axles. And that did a lot of good for the handling.
They have become rare
Daf 66 and Daf 66 Marathon in the undamaged state have meanwhile become pretty rare. If you now look at a Daf 66 Marathon Coupé, you can see how many beautiful things have been lost. The Daf 66 in its most dynamic version is a very beautiful, elegantly lined car. And the operation was super simple: pushing the stick forward is driving forward. Push lever backwards ... Right.
The 66 Marathon with 1300 cc engine was considerably smoother and quieter than the 1100 cc version. The combination of that 1300 cc with the CVT ensured a very dynamic character thanks to its extra torque.
A great survivor
Our fashion model is one of the few intact survivors from the Marathon family. We found him at AMK advertiser Iwan van Lankvelt Auto's. And that less than € 5.000 is charged for such a unique car? This refutes the Indian stories that classics have become unaffordable.