Daimler Majestic Major (1960 – 1968) Review

Daimler Majestic Major (1960 – 1968) At A Glance


+Ted Turner's V8 combined with the Majestic body - what's not to like?

-Fuel consumption and obscurity

The Daimler Majestic Major is perhaps one of the most unusual - and finest - Q cars ever built by the British motor industry. Its name wasn't completely marketing or PR puff, because this staid looking saloon was powered by Daimler’s impressive new Ted Turner-designed 4561cc V8. This magnificent new power unit featured hemispherical combustion heads, and developed an impressive 220bhp to give a top speed of 120mph.

So, the Majestic Major a superb luxury express and one that was easy to drive thanks to the automatic transmission and power steering. The bodywork remained largely unchanged from the standard Majestic, save for a longer boot, and in 1961 - a year after the Jaguar takeover of Daimler - a limousine version was produced. And it was still capable of 120mph...

Ask Honest John

What is the value of a Daimler Majestic Major?

"There is a Daimler in my uncle's yard in Ireland, I think it's a Major. What is its value?"
The Daimler Majestic Major was built between 1960 and 1968, with 1180 models built. Power came from a 4.5-litre V8, is this the model you're referring to? We can't offer valuations on a specific car, but we can give you a rough idea of prices. At the top end of the market, a show-winning example that needs absolutely no work and is in eye-wateringly beautiful condition would appear on a dealer's forecourt priced at just over £10,000 (in fact there is one currently for sale at £24,000, but this is the exception rather than the rule). A Majestic Major that's got an MoT, but isn't perfect, would sit in at around £4000 in the classifieds. While a project that needs a lot of work and has been off the road for a few years would probably be worth around £2000.
Answered by Keith Moody
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