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1971 DAF 55 [5502]

1971 DAF 55 [5502] in Dave Allen at Large, TV Series, 1971-1976 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: NL — Made for: GB

1971 DAF 55 [5502]

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stronghold EN

2007-10-29 17:39

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Ingo DE

2007-10-29 20:08

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55? It seems, that the wheels have chrome-hubcaps, which weren't usual -as I know- at the 44.

DynaMike NL

2007-10-30 00:30

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This colour (Rosita) was available on both 44 and 55 since m.y. 1970. And the Daf 44 had the same wheels and hubcaps from the beginning (September 1966) till the last facelift in September 1972. So this can be a 1970+ 44 or 55. The only external differences were on the front (55: extra grilles) and the rear (55: built-in reversing lights).

Ingo DE

2007-10-30 18:47

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How was the name of the darker red, available in the early 70ies?

DynaMike NL

2007-10-30 19:11

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The darker red was mainly late 60s and it was called Rolita (with L instead of S)

Ingo DE

2007-10-31 15:48

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From which year was a DAF 44 in Rolita with the newer front (small plastic emblem on the trim)?

DynaMike NL

2007-10-31 16:37

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Rolita was only used in the 60s. But I found there was another darker red, called Borgina, introduced in October 1974 on the rather similar Daf 46.

Ingo DE

2007-10-31 17:10

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But which darker red was used in the early 70ies? My grandmother had a 44 in such a colour with beige cloth-seats. It was definetley a 44, and definetley with the newer front. I'm quite sure, that the car was bought as new in 1971 (+/- 1/2 year)

DynaMike NL

2007-10-31 17:44

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?? I found a site with the colours of Daf 44 ( http://www.dafclub.nl/modellen/kleuren/kleuren_44.php ). I guess I was wrong with Rosita and Rolita (I had these infos from a book). The colour of the car shown here will be Nationa (our national colour is orange, because of the queen's family name) or more probably Inferno (bright red).
Ingo, vielleicht hatte Deine Großmutter einen Daf in der Farbe Estona (backsteinrot), wie sie 1974 geliefert wurde? Leider fehlen in diesem Übersicht einige Jahre, und leider ist auch mein Buch über Daf nicht aufschlußreicher :/

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Ingo DE

2007-10-31 19:41

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Thanks for the infos. I must find out, in which year the DAF was bought. I'm still looking to buy a 44 in exactly the same version.

I was a small boy, when she had it (it was scrapped in 1980 after several defects), but I still have good memories about it. So i still have the sounds in my mind. The sound of the engine, of the turn-signal, of the closing of the trunk-hood and so on.

Sometimes I've irritated the guys from the DAF-Club. I was asking, if I could test the smell of the inside. I remember the DAF 44-smell very good. Soem years ago I had a strong memory-flash. On a scrapyard I've looked into a Peugeot 104 - and was hidden by the smell inside like from a hammer. It was definetely identical with grandma's DAF 44. This happend around 20 years, after I'd seen the DAF the last time.

DAF555 SE

2007-12-15 16:07

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The colour lists of both www.dafclub.nl and www.classic-daf.nl are a bit confusing regarding the years. My guess here is that if a date is put, it comes from the printingdate of the coloursheet since they do not always correspond to the dates of production.
Anyway, regarding the colour Nationa it was available only on the 55 Coupé as 1970 modelyear. As was the darkblue Marina. And from 1971 modelyear these colours came on the rest of the DAF-program.

I think the colour Ingo is looking for is this one:
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It would be the colour Rosita, available from modelyear 1970 together with the updated front and interior. According to a DAF service-bulletin the modelyear updates for 1971 included white turnsignals on most markets. I don´t have it available at the moment so I´m not sure if the german cars had white turnsignals or if they kept the orange ones. But if your grandmothers car had white it was a 1971 or 72 model.

Here you have german pricelist from september 1969 with colours:
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The beige cloth was not very common as I remember, most cars I have seen are black. And the smell is very distictive :)
If you´ll visit the south of Sweden you´re welcome to have a ride in my 55 Combi.

ingo DE

2007-12-15 16:43

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@DAF 555: many thanks for the informations. I'm quite sure, that the red of my grandma's DAF was darker. I must ask my familiy, when she got her 44. Perhaps it was around 1974 and not 1971/72. Then it was "Estona".

Thanks for the offer to ride in your DAF. For me it would the first time in a DAF since 1980 (execpt the "smelling test" in the DAF's of the DAF-Club).

You should be happy to live in Sweden! Sweden is the European country with the best scrapyards! When I had visited my friend in Avesta in 1999 and 2000, we were travelling around and had made real scrapyard-excoursions. On the way back my car was overloaded with spare-parts from Swedish scrap-yards. Not ony K 70-parts, also a lot of other things, to sell for much higher prices at home.

This is the reason, why it's not easy for me to travel to Sweden now. My wife is a travelling-fan also - but she knows, that in Sweden I will spend the most time on scrapyards :D



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sixcyl FR

2007-12-15 16:47

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Ingo [Image: salut.gif] though you're obviously not obliged too, it would be nice to have some infos about you in your profile :)

ingo DE

2007-12-15 17:10

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Yes,I will do - until now I was too lazy, sorry.

DAF555 SE

2007-12-15 17:21

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Colours in brochures are rarely correct, and these pictures are taken in a studio with white surroundings and lots of lights so the colour would appear darker in real life. Later models also had different wheels and bumpers, same as the 66.

Some day we´ll know the answer :)

If you´ll find pictures of the car it would be nice to see them.

Ingo DE

2007-12-16 19:35

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@sixcyl: done

sixcyl FR

2007-12-16 20:24

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Ingo wrote @sixcyl: done


Thank's ... good idea the K70! ...I've always found it was a nice designed and good car, unfairly neglected by the public at the time :/ ... Maybe its fault was to be born as NSU, with a too modern architecture compared to the borring products of VW ... :think:

Here is a scan of brochure I took on VW stand at "Salon de l'Automobile -Paris 1971" , I don't konw if it is usefull for your collection? perhaps the fact it is in french might be satisfactory? :)

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About scale model, I' ve had several coulours of Ref.4k (047) VW K70 from Wiking, model that you certainly have in your collection (here the last I had , but sold since one year or two)
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But I had in the 80's a big collection of 1/43rd,whose a beautiful K70 from french kit HELLER ,at 1/43rd scale. I painted in white and it was really a beauty (I sold it in the mid 80's).
The K70 is as rare in scale model as it was in real life , I think with Wiking, Heller only few toys make as Marklin and GAMA made it ...(maybe Mebetoys too?)... I've never had these ones.

Raul1983 FI

2007-12-16 20:35

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I have a green VW K70 toy car by Majorette. Similar to this:

Link to "cgi.ebay.nl"

sixcyl FR

2007-12-16 20:43

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It said NOREV 1/43rd scale, but it looks rather a Majorette indeed... Thank's Raul, I didn't know about this die-cast K70 :)

Ingo DE

2007-12-17 22:01

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@sixcyl: your're right. A main problem of the K 70 was, that the VW-garages couldn't handle that car - too much high-tech for the Beetle-mechanics. so the bad reputation was coming soon. It was not a real VW, just a step-child, and this was to see all the time. But the NSU-roots made one thing easy: with a K 70 you are welcome on every NSU-meeting. In the oldtimer-scene it's a full accepted NSU.

I own that brochure, in French, Italian and one or two more languages (I should sort my stuff). Interesting, that this brochure was made in several languages, but not in German. And it was printed in 9/1970, but all pics are showing a VW K 70. The pics in the first (and later, too) German brochures were retouched NSU-photos.
VW was not very splendid und careful with their brochured in the 70ies. Cobble-work in the worst way. Check VW-brochures for the UK of the early 70ies - RHD-cars are just mirrored pics. Wahahaaa.

Ingo DE

2007-12-17 22:23

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@Raul: I own that Majorette, too, with a Sterckeman-camping-trailer - sice I was 5 years old. Since that time I also have a red Wiking. And these two are my only die-cast-K 70.
I collect K 70-literature, but no models. The reason is, that I've seen, that some of my friends have many more K 70-toys, too many, that I can hold with them. So I decided to be concentrated more on literature. One special interested, but then "hardcore"


@sixcyl: the 1:43 NOREV-K 70 is brand new. On the market since end of November. It's the only die-carst K 70, which was launched since the 70ies.

Ingo DE

2007-12-17 22:33

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P.S. Never forget your main target!

@rpcm: are you somewhere over here?
I still searching for Portuguese K 70-literature. But I know, it's a hard thing - only 4 cars were officially exported to Portugal.


In 1998 I got a handfull literature on a VW-meeting in New Zealand. Happily I took it at home and put it in my board. 8(!) years(!) later I looked for the first time in a sales brochure. I was wondering, why there is an English text, but not the ugly cobbled "RHD"-pics. On one page I found a dealer's print - from Saigon, South Vietnam. Do you can imagine, how I must have looked?

rpcm PT

2007-12-17 23:33

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As you know, the K 70 was never officially sold in Portugal. I think those cars you mention must have been imported by "Sociedade Comercial Guérin" in order to assess the possibility of the model being marketed here.
The few I saw on the road were brought from abroad, specially from France and Germany. Nevertheless, I remember one yellow r.h.d. ( ex-UK ) that survived as a daily driver until the early 90s. Nowadays, I suppose only a very small number still exist.

Ingo DE

2007-12-18 18:37

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I don't which company was the importer, I just have read in copies of the VW-export-statististic that VW has delivered officially 4 of them.
There should have been some brochures in Portuguese language, because in multilingual inlay-sheets of the instruction manual there is also a Portuguese translation.

And actually two eBayer from Portugal are buying sometimes K 70-spare-parts. I don't know them. So I put some auctions with parts in eBay, as a kind of bait. ;)

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