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1968 DAF 55 'London-Sydney-Marathon'

1968 DAF 55 in Trafic, Movie, 1971 IMDB

Class: Cars, Racecar — Model origin: NL

1968 DAF 55 'London-Sydney-Marathon'

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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electra225 IT

2009-12-08 19:35

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I am not sure if it's true, but in an old Italian book this was named Daf 555...Can anybody get an answer ?

chicomarx BE

2009-12-08 20:06

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DAF 555 Sportcoupe.

http://www.rallydaf.nl/DAF%20555.html

We have a Swedish member named after it.

DynaMike NL

2009-12-08 20:18

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I'd say the 555 was a coupé, and the car shown here for sure is not a coupé: check the painted metal frame of the side window. But indeed, DAF555 will tell us more. Btw, I wonder if the name Marathon is appriopriate. I think this was only used for later models with aftermarket sports kit and the sportier factory version, always recogniszable by the wide paintstrip on the side.

dsl SX

2010-07-24 17:52

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My Dutch translation skills are zero, but I think this is the DAF 55 which finished 17th on the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon, and inspired the Marathon road car. "DAF equipe Rob Slotemaker/Rob Janssen met wagen no. 30 behaalde in deze monsterrit een 17e plaats in het Algemeen klassement." http://www.rallydaf.nl/DAF%2055.html - also has pictures.

-- Last edit: 2010-07-24 17:53:18

DynaMike NL

2010-07-24 18:34

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That's exactly what it says... I checked the license plate (01-55-HD), and not surprisingly the car still exists. It is listed as Daf 55 tout court, license dates from 16th October 1968 (and the rally started the 24th November of the same year...). I'd propose to list it as 55 London-Sydney-Marathon'.

dsl SX

2010-07-24 19:31

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Just found a great DAF museum page at Link to "www.themotor.net" Has a L-S Marathon 55, but possibly not this one. Lots of interesting Daf one-offs and prototypes.

dafgup NL

2011-12-06 14:15

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is this in a museum not in the netherlands but outside the netherlands?
if somebode knows something of this car please e-mail me at:
clement_john_dj@hotmail.com

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