Junkyard Find: 1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic

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by Murilee Martin
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junkyard find 1992 jaguar xj6 vanden plas majestic
Jaguar 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!
I 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.
However, 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.
Determining 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.
The El Cheapo window-film job indicates that the final owner may not have been quite as wealthy as the car’s original purchaser.
The 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.
The 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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  • EGSE EGSE on Feb 04, 2019

    A close-up of the pod to the right of the steering wheel would've been interesting to see what all those buttons are for. Murilee's junkyard series is one of my favorite reads on TTAC.

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    • Jagboi Jagboi on Feb 04, 2019

      @Lie2me Cruise was made by Hella, it seemed pretty durable.

  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Feb 05, 2019

    That half shaft holding up the hood of the Majestic is so undignified!

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