The prolific Mr. Wheeler has provided the following timeline of Pashley Guvnor models (adapted from his original timeline at the Guvnors’ Assembly) and limited editions, which I shall endeavor to keep up-to-date.
Single Speed – 42t/18t, Sturmey Archer X-RD hub
Three Speed – 42t/20t, Sturmey Archer X-RD3 hub
20.5”, 22.5” & 24.5” frames
Early pre-production promotional photos of single speed model featured ‘Pashley’ gold script logo on down tube and Gripfast wing nuts, but these were not used on production models.
Plus Four – Limited Edition of 50; 27t-45t/20t, Schlumpf Speed-Drive, Sachs Duomatic coaster brake rear hub, Sturmey Archer X-FD drum brake front hub
20.5” & 22.5” frames
Brass frame detail, issue number plate on bottom of seat tube. Brooks honey coloured B17 saddle, leather taped handlebars, bar end front brake lever and Gripfast wing nuts fitted to front axle.
Notes from Duchy Wheeler: “The frames of the 50 Plus Four cycles were brass plated prior to black powder coating. I understand this caused production problems, also note that these frames have no brazed on brake cable retainers on the lower side of the down tube.”
Below: Plus Four and details, from Megadeluxe
Plus Two – 46t/20t, Sturmey Archer S2C kickback coaster brake rear hub, Sturmey Archer X-FD front drum brake hub
20.5”, 22.5” & 24.5″(?) frames
Brooks honey coloured leather taped ‘Major Taylor’ handlebar and bar end front brake lever.
John Boultbee Limited Edition – Single speed, 22.5” frame
Grey frame, Brooks black contour embossed saddle and brown slender grips. Boultbee was the founder of J.B. Brooks & Co. – see Brooks’ current John Boultbee site.
Below: John Boultbee Guvnor (from Swipelife)
Ralph Lauren Rugby Tweed Run Limited Edition – 46t/20t, Sturmey Archer S2C coaster brake rear hub, Sturmey Archer X-FD front drum brake hub
Released in connection with NYC 2011 Tweed Run.
20.5 & 22.5” frames in blue, Tweed Run graphics on frame, leather taped grips and bar end front brake lever.
Notes from Duchy Wheeler…
I understand that Pashley have also made various Guv’nor ‘one off specials’ for the cycle trade, the following have been noted:
A 24.5″ frame with leather taped handlebars and Sachs Duomatic rear hub. This was seen on the 2011 “London Tweed Run”, initially owned by Bobbins Bicycles, now by a Dr. Raybot of Chicago.
Speed 5 – Sturmey Archer XLRD 5 rear hub with thumb shifter, stainless steel semi-drop bar, Brooks Swift racing saddle, British Racing Green paint scheme with metallic gold decals and race number, same frame and sizing as Guv’nor.