The Daimler Majestic
101 was launched by the Daimler Motor Company
in JulyLord Montagu and David Burgess-Wise Daimler Century
; Stephens 1995 ISBN 1-85260-494-8 1958 and was in production until 1962. The six cylinder, four door saloon, with new three speed Borg Warner automatic transmission
, power steering
and four-wheel disc brakes
, vacuum-servo assisted, was very mechanically advanced for its time, but it had an outdated heavy body and engine with separate chassis
which kept the car's mass well above more modern designs and made it difficult to manoeuvre, despite the modern steering. The styling was already somewhat outdated when the car appeared and became increasingly dated as lighter bodies with monocoque construction
appeared during the Majestic's production run.
Like all previous postwar Daimlers, the "Majestic" was designed around 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
. Four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes were regarded as a first for a British production car.
The engine was an inline six of 3.8 litres (3794 cc), based on previous Daimler sixes with pushrod
operated overhead valves and retaining the 107.95 millimetre (4.25 inch) stroke, but with the bore... Read More