Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Majesty of Mayflower

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Majesty of Mayflower

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It became known as the watch-charm Rolls-Royce and it remains one of the best looking small cars to have emerged from a British factory.

The Triumph Mayflower brought the classic, razor-edged styling of luxury vehicles to the driveways of semi-detached Britain at the dawn of the 1950s.

Sir John Black, chairman of Standard Triumph Motor Company, launched the Mayflower with a price tag of pounds 473.10s.7d in normal trim and pounds 479.18s.4d in leather.

It was a notable addition to the small car market with instant appeal to those in search of comfort, full equipment, distinct styling and economical running.

It is said Sir John insisted on razor-edge styling because he had been advised by Louis Antweiller, managing director of Mulliners, that Americans loved Rolls Royces.

It is open to speculation that he presumed the Americans would be stirred by, and purchase, a miniature version of the Rolls Royce.

It is further rumoured Sir John chose the Mayflower name with the intention of appealing to the many Americans who were descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers who had landed in Massachusetts in 1620. …

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