Recently, I was approached by a nice gentleman and his wife after they had spent some time looking at Peabody whilst she was parked at the Sea Lane Café in Goring-by-Sea. The man spoke highly of vintage Rolls-Royce cars and mentioned that my car was produced after the death of both the founders Rolls and Royce. I enquired how he knew this fact unless he knew Peabody’s date of manufacture.
He said confidently ‘Don’t you know that the Rolls-Royce logo used to be coloured red?’. I did know. ‘And your car’s logo is black’. ‘So what does that mean?’, I asked. He told me this amazing story about one of the Rs in the Rolls-Royce logo changing colour from red to black when Henry Royce died. And also that the other R changed colour to black when Charles Rolls died. I was dubious of his story because I had never seen a logo with one R red and the other black.
I happen to know that Henry Royce died in 1910 and Charles Rolls died in 1933. So why have I never seen Rolls-Royces driving around with these bi-colour logos eh? – especially if there was a 23 year period of producing cars between the deaths of the two founders.
I did some digging on the internet and found out that Henry Royce decided to change the colour from red to black because the red logo clashed with some of the body colours being produced at the time. Nothing at all to do with the death of either one of them.
So, absolute codswallop. An interesting misconception but complete poppycock! Ha Ha! ? Nowt as queer as folk eh?