By on February 4, 2019

are so plentiful in U-Wrench-It yards that I don’t even notice them as searching for the elusive Suzuki Equator (no luck there, yet). In fact, none of 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

1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic in Colorado wrecking yard, Majestic emblem badge - ©2019 Murilee Martin - PaardensexI 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 - PaardensexHowever, 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 - PaardensexDetermining 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 - PaardensexThe 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 - PaardensexThe 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 - PaardensexThe 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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