The Vanden Plas Majestic 1989-1990 was limited to 527 vehicles
In 1990 the US market received the Jaguar Vanden Plas Majestic. This was a rare SWB saloon built at a restricted pace of only 527 vehicles. These limited edition saloons featured an uncompromising standard of luxury. A Jaguar has always been an elegant grand tourer. The Vanden Plas was the grandest of the grand tourers but the Majestic was the epitome. It was equipped with all of the creature comforts and was the most opulent way to travel Jaguar. The Vanden Plas Majestic retailed for $53,000 new.
Finished in dazzling Regency Red, the Vanden Plas Majestic had signature features unique to the model. It had special wheel and interior designs to go along with its exclusive exterior. The exterior had hand polished diamond turned alloy wheels with Regency Red spokes. Special gold-plated badges were affixed to both sides of the rear license plate. The featured Vanden Plas Majestic has whitewall tires and standard alloy wheels.
The interior was trimmed in luxurious magnolia leather with contrasting mulberry piping hand stitched by Connolly Brothers. The leather not only upholstered the seating but the door panels as well. Rich hand-crafted walnut graced the fascia, door inserts, center console and rear seat fold out tables with courtesy lighting above them installed into the backs of the front seat headrests. High intensity reading lamps, individual rear headrests, and the contoured rear seats gave the saloon a limousine-style ambience. Wine colored carpet with plush red sheepskin rugs were elegantly under foot.
Grace, Space, and Pace are the Jaguar motto. The Vanden Plas Majestic was powered by the 4.0 litre AJ6 I6 DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with computer controlled ignition. It used Lucas electronic fuel-injection. This engine produced 223 hp @ 4,750 rpm with 377 Nm of peak torque @ 3,650 rpm. The engine was mated to a ZF 4HP24 4-speed automatic transmission with a lock-up torque converter. It featured the “J-Gate” transmission which allowed manual shifting without accidentally shifting to neutral or reverse. It went from 0-60 in 8.6 seconds, 0-100 in 9 seconds and had a top speed of 140 mph. It rode on a 113″ wheelbase with a total length of 196.4″, its width was 70.8″.
From 1992-1994 The Majestic name was also used for the special build LWB XJ40 of which only 121 were made. These vehicles started out as SWB units, and then they were removed from the assembly line and stretched by Project Aerospace in Coventry, then returned to Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations for hand finishing. The Daimler branded cars were of the highest level of trim and were sold by the Vanden Plas name in the US. The single rectangular headlamps, fluted radiator grille surround, and boot lid plinth were distinguishing features for the Daimler/Vanden Plas.
The Vanden Plas Majestic included as standard power windows, central locking system with boot release, automatic climate control, AM/FM cassette stereo (no CD player yet, hadn’t been introduced yet), trip computer, cruise control, power mirrors, digital instrumentation, rear seat center console, front and rear fold down center armrests, and a rear cabin climate control system to name a few. No Navigation systems or iPod connectivity, remember this was the 1990s.
The infamous leaper was banned in some countries for safety reasons, it is no longer used.
The Jaguar Vanden Plas Majestic is a very rare and beautiful car. Jaguars have always been noted for their elegance and style. Their uncompromising standard of luxury was exemplified in the Vanden Plas Series. The Vanden Plas Majestic escalated this saloon to limousine standards, all of the comfort and convenience combined with the power to move with aplomb were all eloquently expressed in this ultra-luxury saloon.
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