In the April issue you suggested that the Daimler Majestic Major V8 should make an admirable competitor to the “chopped” Mk. 6 Bentley Specials. This idea has been a topic for discussion in the Daimler and Lanchester OC for some time and about a year ago I bought a 1961 Major and got to work. The body has been removed and the chassis is now almost ready for construction of a new body. I have replaced the big and heavy automatic with a manual gearbox which, being shorter, has, enabled the engine to be re-fitted well back in the chassis, with an obvious improvement in weight distribution. This also Mitt the radiator where it should be, that is across the front wheel axis; otherwise, in my opinion, they look awful.
Not having done this sort of thing before I am taking the: project by stages. But the results so far are very encouraging. There are -still some problems to resolve but I am hoping to get her all complete in about a year’s time.
Then, of course, we will find out if it was such a good idea after all. If, as I am confident, it goes like the proverbial, I will have great pleasure in asking you to try a “cut and shut” Major. We will have to improve on that name, of course, and some of my fellow members of the DLOC have suggested “Daimler V8 SL”. The initials stand for Super Laxative, so please come prepared!
With best wishes., and thanks for Motor Sport.
Bognor Regis: JOHN WHITNEY
[I look forward to it !–Ed ]