Even though Jaguar had taken over Daimler in 1960, Daimler had managed to put one over the new owners by producing what was at the time the ultimate luxury, executive sedan: fast, sleek, roomy and a pleasure to drive. The 1959 Daimler Majestic Major was a pleasant embarassment for new owners Jaguar, as the sedan was faster than its Jaguar contemporaries. Despite having the shape and look of a car you’d want to be chauffeured around in, the Majestic Major was a delight to drive. As befits a Daimler, it was very luxurious, and passengers had plenty of room to lounge about in the rear seats, although they certainly would have preferred to drive. The Majestic Major came standard with power steering – a huge plus for this big car -, an automatic transmission and all-around disc brakes.
The Majestic Major was powered by a beautiful 4.6-liter, V8 engine with hemi heads, that churned out a very healthy and very, very smooth 220 horsepower. It certainly didn’t lack for performance, with a 0-60 time of 9.7 second and a top speed of 122 miles per hour. For a large, executive sedan, it certainly was in a class of its own!
The 1959 Daimler Majestic Major remained in production until 1968. Afterwards, and sadly, all new Daimler cars were simply Jaguars with a different badge on them.