Daimler Majestic Major
The Daimler Majestic Major was produced from 1961 to 1966
1 engine 4.5 liter with 220hp, is on Histomobile.1490 unit(s) produced.
Daimler Majestic Major
In October 1959 the Daimler Majestic Major was announced at the London Motor Show. However the car on the show stand was a prototype and production did not get under way for a couple of years. The car was offered alongside the slightly smaller 3.8 litre Majestic which had been released in 1958. The new engine was lighter and much more powerful. The vehicle was transformed into a high performance executive car capable of 120 mph (190 km/h). It is faster than a MkX Jaguar up to 80 mph (130 km/h) despite its 1880 kg bulk and it has been said that Jaguar tried a Daimler 4.5 motor in a MkX and it did 130 mph (210 km/h). 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 4561 cc V8 engine had a head design closely resembling the Chrysler Hemi engine (not the Triumph Speed Twin motorcycle engines), and a crankshaft closely resembling that of a slightly earlier Cadillac. He designed the Daimler engines in 1956. The 4.5 had a cast iron block and alloy hemispherical heads with a bore of 95 mm and stroke of 80 mm. The valves were pushrod operated and Vee-slanted at 70°. Equipped with twin SU carburettors and double exhaust the engine produced a conservative 220 bhp (160 kW)(a mark 10 had 265BHP) at 5500 rpm and 283-foot-pounds (396 Nm) of torque at 3,200 rpm.
It was built on a massive cruciform-braced box-section chassis equipped with coil-sprung independent front suspension, with a well located 'live' rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs. As with the Majestic, there were four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes with a vacuum servo.
A Borg Warner DG12 automatic transmission and power steering brakes made it a very mechanically advanced car for its time. However, its body, originally designed for the Majestic by the old coachbuilding firm Carbodies, was already outdated and heavy when the Majestic Major first went into production and seemed increasingly so in later years.
The Majestic Major's turning circle was an enormous 46 feet (14 m). This coupled with the fact that power steering was only an optional extra until 1964, meant that the car was not one for manoeuvering in tight spaces – as even with power steering 4.5 turns lock to lock was required.
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