Triumph Mayflower 'CoupeUtility'

Like the Drophead Coupe little is recorded relating to the Mayflower Coupe Utility - or 'UTE'. It is known that 150 were made from Mayflower CKD kits sent from the UK to the Port Melbourne plant of Standard Triumph (Australia). The Saloons were not cut down to form the Ute. Moreover, a very neat cutting job was undertaken on the roof parts before assembly, bringing the rear dome and window forward. All other body panels were used and modified to form the utility rear load area except for a timber floor and timber capping on the side panels. Commission numbers were from the saloon series although the "Fisher and Ludlow" body number plate was not used. A simple brass plate, of the same dimensions as the F & L plate, containing the utility prefix MU XXX, was used. The XXX being the vehicle number. My thanks to Syd Gallagher of Melbourne, Australia for the above information and some of the photos below. Can you help me?

For reasons unclear the existence of the Ute was kept from other markets where it may have faired better.

The sales pitch for the Mayflower Ute was its' cheap running costs and compact size. Not much use when you consider the vast distances travelled in Australia and so it couldn't compete with the likes of the Standard Vanguard Utility, which was bigger and faster.

Five Mayflower Utilities are known to me but I am sure there must be others lying unused and forgotten about under the Australian sun. Please contact me know if you have one, know of the whereabouts of one or of any information, adverts, brochures etc. Thank you.

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Product of the Standard Motor Company, Coventry, in association with the Standard Motor Company (Australia) Limited

ENGINE: 4 cyl. Side valve, 63 mm bore, 100 mm stroke, 1277 cc. Compression ratio 6:8. Chrome iron cylinder block - split skirt aluminium alloy pistons. Connecting rods, 60 ton steel with floating gudgeon pins. Three main bearings on robust crankshaft with integral balance weights. Precision bearings, 4 bearing chain driven cam-shaft with harmonic cams.

Thermostatically controlled cooling system, pump circulation. 12 inch diameter fan. Vee belt drive. Flexible rubber engine and gearbox mountings. Crankcase ventilated by automatic suction from induction system together with bearing seals, providing a sealed engine.

FUEL SYSTEM: Mechanically operated A.C. Pump-Down draught carburettor , inlet and exhaust manifolds integral, hot spot. Combined air cleaner and silencer.

LUBRICATION: Submerged high capacity pump in sump with floating type intake oil cleaner. Force feed to main bearings, big end and cam-shaft bearings.

IGNITION: Automatic advance coil. Ventilated type generator with Vee belt drive.

TRANSMISSION: 3 forward speeds and reverse. Syncro-mesh an all forward gears. Gear lever on steering column. Hardy Spicer Universal joints with needle roller bearings. Hypoid gear axle. Gear ratios, Top 5.125, second 8.56, First 18.14. Reverse 21.06.

SUSPENSION: Coil independent front, semi elliptical rear, with hydraulic shock absorbers front and rear.

BRAKES: 4 wheel Lockheed hydraulic. Cable operated foot brake.

ELECTRIC SYSTEM: 12 volt Lucas. Battery located under bonnet.

FRAME: Unitary body and chassis construction; extremely rigid assembly.

GENERAL DETAILS: Body all pressed steel construction, seasoned hardwood floor. Screen and windows fitted with Triplex toughened glass.

Instruments attractively grouped in a centrally positioned fascia panel, include speedometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure and water pressure gauge.

Parcel shelves on both sides of fascia panel. Parcel space in deep wells behind divided front seat. Spare wheel below and held securely.

Other features: sun visors, flush fitting sealed beam head lamps and separate side lamps, rear lights combining stop and tail lamps and number plate light, twin electric screen wipers and sturdy chromium plated bumpers front and rear, twin wind tone horns

Every precaution has been taken in compiling this publication, but the company accepts no liability for errors or omissions. The company reserves the right on the sale of any vehicle to make before delivery without notice any alteration to or departure from specifications, design or equipment detailed in its various publications.


Distributors for Victoria and New South Wales:-


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Phones: FJ1181 (6 lines) - FJ2154 (7 lines)

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If you own, have any information, photos etc. on the 'Ute' please contact me. Thank you.

MAYFLOWER is an ideal economy unit - priced and sized to carry light to medium loads at a remarkably low cost per mile of operation.

The unique design of chassis and all steel body gives an extremely and rigid assembly, with a surprising degree of load space in both cab and rear tray. The body allows even weight distribution, and the drooping tail board provides further support for long articles, conduits etc.

Additional load space is provided within the cab in deep wells behind the divided driving seat, and in long parcel shelves on either side of the dash. Fittings include twin electric screen wipers, twin sun visors, essential instruments and cowl ventilator. Screen and windows are safety glass, with No-Draught ventilation on either side.

TRAY: Length, tail board up, 54"; Length tail board down, 80". Width at front, 56". Width between wheel arches 37.5". Width at rear 41". Height of sides 14.5".

Wheelbase 7'. Turning circle 34'. Overall length 12' 10". Overall width 5' 4". Ground clearance 8".

Rated H.P., 10. Developed H.P. 38 (4200 r.p.m.)

Maximum speed, top gear, 65 mph. Acceleration through gears, 0 - 50 mph., 23 secs. Top gear, 10 - 30 mph. 12 secs.

Petrol tank, 10 gallons. Petrol consumption, 35 m.p.g. Oil consumption, 2000 m.p.g.

Roll type tonneau cover.

The Triumph Car Club of Victoria (TCCV), Australia has acquired a Ute with a view to restoration. The club caters for all Triumph models and has about a half dozen Mayflowers in their ranks. The car is pretty much a basket case and it is touch and go as to wether or not they will continue with the project. However, the rarity of the car has given them extra incentive as it is certainly a mammoth undertaking. The photos below of the rear load area say it all as there is little holding the car together. The spring hangers are the only sound bit at the rear and most of the body below the axle line has rotted, indeed the axle seems to be the only bit holding the rear together. She also has a collapsed front end, no head or engine ancillaries, the interior is completely shot, lower door hinges have rotted away, usual rot in the "a" pillars and adjacent floor corners but the steering is free and precise. The club have named the task to restore her "Project Pilgrim". I wish them all the best in their endeavours. The TCCV has a website at so pop in and see them some time.

Your help needed. If you have any information on the 'Ute' please contact me.

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Revised: October 2012