Triumph Mayflower

Club Rallies

The following photographs will give you a flavour of the cars that attended - their owners being camera shy! An invaluable resource if you are interested in classic cars or are restoring a Mayflower.

Mayflower NLO 739 - a truly clean machine now ‘living’ in the USA.

HCR 817 (TT387DL), the oldest known Mayflower draws quite a crowd when at shows. Striking outward features are a smaller rear window, drop down door handles and a chrome strip on the bonnet (hood). The indicators are a sensible retro fit by the present owner. The engine bay is as the day she was made, which should be black as this area was never sprayed body colour. The hoses, coil, air cleaner and distributor leads are all as should be. The main differences to 'later' production cars being the coil position, size of air cleaner, enclosed fuse box and fuel pump 'tickler.' Note no heater or radio. Inside the rear view mirror is mounted on the dash, the back's of the front seats are 2" lower and the door handles are full leather.

Totally original, no repairs and only minor tears! The three-piece rubber mats perish and crumble underfoot with age and it's very rare to find them complete and in such good condition.

It is rare to find a tool role with a Mayflower these days. They are PVC like in material and, unlike this example, have tie strings to hold it together. I've yet to see a complete and genuine tool compliment, this being the best I've seen to date. There was never a place specified by Triumph for storage of the roll, though it was discussed at the development. To stop pilfering the roll left the factory on top of the spare wheel under the car!

If a radio was not specified for factory installation a blank was fitted in the space with an aluminium strip affixed bearing the Mayflower script, as on the doors. Above right is the correct HMV radio as factory fitted. Note that the rubber at the pedal bases is not a factory fit.

Okay, so it's not the best paint job in the World but at least this Mayflower has still got it's original jacking points fitted to the sills. The jack slid into the box channel and when not in use a rubber plug was inserted to keep out road dirt etc. More than half of Mayflowers have had replacement sills over the years and lost their jacking points - who'd be brave / daft enough to use it today?

Until seeing this Mayflower I had not seen fitted ashtrays - front & rear. They are a dealer fitted option.

A 2-Litre Triumph Herald Vitesse engine and gearbox fits comfortably into a Mayflower. I'm told it will reach 80MPH without any effort - I don't think I'd like to try!

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Revised: August 2011