As the Fifties approached, demand for medium-sized family saloons was reaching almost feverish proportions. With increased production facilities at his disposable, Sir John Black chairman of Standard-Triumph was keen to get his share. Having enjoyed considerable initial success with his large sized saloon, the 2000/Renown with its distinctive razor-edge styling, at when the time came to produce a new small Standard-Triumph, Sir John insisted that the theme be applied again. Accordingly, although the new Mayflower, whose arrival was announced in 1949 although production did not get underway until mid-1950 has very similar look although on a much smaller scale. The Triumph Mayflower was the first car produced by the Standard-Triumph to take advantage of developments in unit-construction body engineering. Many motoring correspondents of the era unkindly described the Mayflower as “ a Renown which had shrunk in the wash”. Fitted onto an 84in wheelbase, the Mayflower was powered by a slightly smaller version of the side valve Standard Flying Ten engine (1247cc instead of 1267cc), backed by the ubiquitous Vanguard three-speed gearbox and its related rear axle.