Racing and rallying DAFs
But also. because of the easy nature of the transmission, there was a bit of a perception and image issue with some people - i.e. the "little old lady car" syndrome, which was very unfair.
One of the greatest achievements was taking part in the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon. Two DAF 55s entered and completed this gruelling event. If anyone had been in any doubt as to how capable DAFs and the Variomatic were, then this would have proved them wrong.
To commemorate the success, DAF launched Marathon versions of the 55 and then the 66.
And in 1993, the event was run again and two DAF 55s were entered. One was one of the original cars from 1968, and the other was one specially built for the event. This car again finished the event and can be seen in the DAF Museum in Eindhoven
Formula 3 racing car
As well as rallying and rallycross, DAF went even further by working with the likes of Cosworth and Brabham and produced Variomatic F3 cars. Again they proved the durability of the transmission and would have been amazing to watch racing. These cars survive and are at the museum.
Different DAFs and Variomatic variations