Daimler Majestic Major
1959-1968, 1180 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
One of the most impressive post-war saloons to emerge from the Daimler company first appeared in 1959, the Majestic Major. Based on the original six cylinder Majestic the Majestic Major introduced a powerful new V8 to the range, measuring 4561cc. This wonderful engine featured a "hemi" (Hemispherical) alloy cylinder head and developed some 220bhp.
Despite only having an automatic transmission the Majestic Major could easily top 120mph, almost giving the car a "Q" car kudos. Externally the only real clues to what lurked under the bonnet of the Majestic Major were the "V8" symbols cast into the front horn grilles, the rest of the car looked dignified and understated. Production of the Majestic Major continued until 1968, 1180 examples were completed.
|4561cc||V8 OHV||Daimler V8||95.25mm x 80.01mm||8|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|119 mph||10.3 s||17.1 s||14 mpg||220 bhp 5500|
Group Test, The Ministers of Transport
|Publication||Practical Classics April 2004|
|Six diplomatic cruisers from six countries get together for a heavyweight conference. Chaika GAZ 13, CitroŽn DS 23 Chapron, Toyota Century, fiat 130 Saloon, Daimler Majestic Major, Mercedes 600|
Doing a stretch
|Publication||Practical Classics September 2002|
|Doing a Stretch - Film star, bridesmaid or mourner - when you've got a swish do to go to you need a swish motor to ride in. Martin Buckley examines limos of old and finds that if size matters, then so does class.|
The best car that Damiler ever made
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car August 2011|
|The best car that Damiler ever made - Martin Buckkey says the inspired makeover that turned the stately Majestic into an unlikely but rapid Q-car made the Major.|
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car August 2001|
|Turner's prizes - Daimler V8s - Motorcycle designer Edward Turner's superb V8 powered Daimlers. Bruce Baker tries 250, SP and Majestic Major.|
Classic Car Mart May 2001 pg 36
|Publication||Classic Car Mart May 2001|
|Spotlight - The Daimler Majestic Major|