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Daimler Majestic Major (1960 - 1968)

Last updated 7 April 2013

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...