By on February 4, 2019

1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic in Colorado wrecking yard, RH front view - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsJaguar XJ40s are so plentiful in U-Wrench-It yards that I don’t even notice them as I wander around searching for the elusive Suzuki Equator (no luck there, yet). In fact, none of the Jags I’ve photographed prior to today’s Junkyard Find have been XJ40s, but we’ve got a one-of-121-built super-rarity here in Denver: a genuine Vanden Plas Majestic!

1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic in Colorado wrecking yard, Majestic emblem badge - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsI must admit that I’d never heard of the Majestic before spotting this car, and my first thought that that I was looking at aftermarket badges sold by Manny, Moe, and/or Jack.

1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic in Colorado wrecking yard, sill plate - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsHowever, the MAJESTIC badging is everywhere in this car, so I realized I had a factory-built special edition car in front of me. The stretched wheelbase was a clue, too.

1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic in Colorado wrecking yard, RH front view - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsDetermining the cause of junkyardization proved easy enough. It’s a shame for a car like this to end its career in some depressingly everyday crash with, I dunno, a Chrysler Cirrus.

1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic in Colorado wrecking yard, bubbly window film - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe El Cheapo window-film job indicates that the final owner may not have been quite as wealthy as the car’s original purchaser.

1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic in Colorado wrecking yard, door panel - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe list price of the ’92 Majestic came to $59,500, or just over $108,000 in 2019 dollars. The 1992 Lexus LS400 went for $42,200, but didn’t have quite as swanky an interior.

1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic in Colorado wrecking yard, engine - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe 4.0-liter straight-six made 223 horsepower, which resulted in leisurely acceleration for this two-tonner. Not that anyone bought this car for fast driving, of course.


This must have been one of the last American-market car ads to emphasize the ashtray.

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