Daimler Majestic Major

Overview
Produced: 1959-1968, 1180 produced.
Types: 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.

Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
4561ccV8 OHVDaimler V895.25mm x 80.01mm8
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
119 mph10.3 s17.1 s14 mpg220 bhp 5500
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
002 Daimler Majestic Major Limousine Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 26 Sep 2012 £6200.00 -
33 Daimler Majestic Major H&H Sales Limited 16 Jun 2012 - £4032.00
408 Daimler Majestic Major DR450 Limousine Bonhams 10 Sep 2011 £2300.00 £2645.00
005 1966 DAIMLER MAJESTIC MAJOR H&H Sales Limited 24 May 2006 £5800.00 -
04 Daimler Majestic Major BCA 29 Nov 2005 - £3424.00
108 Daimler Majestic Barons 3 May 2005 Not sold
113 Daimler Majestic Barons 22 Mar 2005 Not sold
79 Daimler Majestic Major H&H Sales Limited 8 Dec 2004 Not sold
030 Daimler Majestic Major H&H Sales Limited 28 Jul 2004 £5500.00 -
624 Daimler Majestic DR450 (1965) Bonhams 28 Apr 2003 £5100.00 -
223 Daimler Majestic (1959) RTS Auctions Ltd 15 Jun 1999 £750.00 -
206 Daimler Majestic Major (1964) RTS Auctions Ltd 15 Jun 1999 £300.00 -
032 Daimler Majestic Major (1964) H&H Sales Limited 23 Jul 1997 £3500.00 -
006A Daimler Majestic (1967) H&H Sales Limited 23 Nov 1995 £600.00 -
016 Daimler Majestic Major (1965) Christies 13 May 1995 £2600.00 -
528 Daimler Majestic 3.8 (1959) Sothebys 18 Jul 1994 £3100.00 -
146 Daimler Majestic DR450 (1966) Brooks 27 Apr 1994 £7500.00 -
Magazine Articles
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Article Group Test, The Ministers of Transport
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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
Article Doing a stretch
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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.
Article The best car that Damiler ever made
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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.
Article Turner's prizes
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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.
Article Classic Car Mart May 2001 pg 36
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Publication Classic Car Mart May 2001
Spotlight - The Daimler Majestic Major
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