Peggy

Rolls Royce 20/25

Peggy the 20/25 Rolls Royce

Peggy as she was in 1935, as featured in “Those Elegant Rolls Royce” by Lawrence Dalton (p246)

This is a long-chassis 20/25hp carrying formal saloon-with-division coachwork by Windover.

The 20/25 was built between 1929 and 1936, with a total of 3827 being made. According to Bonhams, this particular car was first owned by Lord Ennisdale, Chairman of Harrier Fighter Planes during WW2.

In place of the usual “Spirit of Ecstasy” bonnet ornament, the Chairman fitted his own personal mascot, Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology.

Lord Ennisdale’s Pegasus ornament

Lord Ennisdale’s Pegasus ornament

As with all models of the period, only the chassis and other mechanical parts were Rolls-Royce. The body was made and fitted by a coachbuilder selected by the owner, in this case Windover.

Windover

Windovers were originally saddlers and harness-makers dating back to the 17th century, until the onset of the Industrial Revolution, when they began to engage in carriage and coach building.

Windover-built carriages developed a loyal following and were in evidence throughout the British Empire, as well as the royal households of England and other European locales.

Peggy the 20/25 Rolls Royce

Peggy at work

As the motoring age dawned, Windover was a natural choice to produce bodies for the top marques, including Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

The interior has been re-upholstered in leather throughout (the rear compartment’s upholstery was cloth originally). Accessory driving mirrors to the A-posts and indicators fitted discreetly beneath the bumpers are the only other deviations from original specification notified. In 1995 a new cylinder head was fitted.

Other noteworthy features include dummy pram irons, a wind-down interior glass partition and vanity cabinets for the rear seats (for last-minute make-up alterations!)

The same model (albeit with Barker Saloon coachwork) appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as enthused over by Alexei Sayle’s Sultan of Hatay (“…and I even like the colour!”) However, the Sultan refers to the car as a Phantom II, presumably because it sounded better!

a 20/25 Rolls Royce in Indiana Jone and the Last Crusade

Denholm Elliot, Julian Glover, Alexei Sayle and a 20/25 Rolls Royce in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Aside from the paintwork, our model differs from that featured in the film thanks to a complete absence of Third Reich insignia.

Technical Specifications

Wheelbase

3.35 metres (131.9 in)

Length

4.57 metres (179.9 in)

Engine

In-line 6-cylinder, overhead pushrod operated value engine with 3699cc capacity. Separate cast iron block and aluminium crankcase with detachable cast iron 6-plug head. It has an 82 mm bore with a 114 mm stroke. 7-bearing crankshaft with vibration damper. Pressure fed lubrication with relief valve feeding rocker shaft and timing gears.

Ignition System

Independent coil and standby magneto systems. 12V system 50 Amp/Hrs battery. Centrifugal advance with hand override. Distributor gap 0.017-0.021inches

Cooling System

The famous Rolls-Royce radiator with triangular top with vertical louvres, the angle of which can be adjusted to control engine cooling. To begin with, the radiator shutters were operated manually via a lever on the dash; after 1931 cars were fitted with automatic control via a thermostat. Engine driven centrifugal pump and belt-driven fan.

Carburation

A single Rolls-Royce 2-jet type with starting carburettor, automatic air valve and steering column control.

Fuel

14 gallon rear tank increased to 18 gallon tank starting in 1932. Autovac (vacuum fed) fuel pump and an electric fuel gauge (starting in 1933).

Transmission

4-speed gearbox, synchromesh in 3rd and top. Right hand gearchange. Single dry plate clutch. Open drive propeller shaft.

Suspension

Semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear. Hydraulic dampers.

Brakes

Internal expanding 4 wheel operation with independent handbrake on the rear wheels. Mechanical servo motor driven from the gearbox.

Chassis lubrication

“One-Shot” Bijur centralized chassis lubrication system.

Steering

Worm and nut. (1936, Marles cam and roller - GTK 42)