Long may that Mayflower continue
Being an avid cover-to-cover reader of CCW virtually since its inception, I was most interested to read the article on the Triumph Mayflower (1 February), registration number PYB 86.
I bought that car in about 1982 in reasonable condition and used it quite a bit. Subsequently my good friend David bought it via our usual method of swapping with a small amount of cash either way in true Dinky Toy style.
David then improved the Mayflower including engine work, upholstery repairs and bodywork, culminating in a respray. It was then used as David’s sole family transport until 1989 with kids in the back etc. before giving way to a Rover P3 ‘75’ as the children got bigger. After it was advertised in the local free paper, a holidaymaker motored off into the sunset in the Mayflower. There can be no doubt that the post-war period saw the most varied and interesting cars ever produced, from stunning to quirky. The charming little Mayflower is enchanting, likewise its big sister the Triumph Renown, and I hope that they motor on with their own personalities.
I have been fortunate enough to have owned an example of nearly every one over a long motoring span and happily I still have a personal collection. Martin Ward, Penzance, Cornwall
Centre of attention: PYB 86 in good company in the West Country.