Long may that Mayflower con­tinue

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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