c.1952 Watsonian International Competition Aluminum Trials Sidecar and Chassis Frame no. C6574

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Lot 128
c.1952 Watsonian International Competition Aluminum Trials Sidecar and Chassis
Frame no. C6574

Sold for US$ 2,875 inc. premium
c.1952 Watsonian International Competition Aluminum Trials Sidecar and Chassis
Frame no. C6574
The Patent Collapsible Sidecar Company Ltd. was founded in Birmingham in 1911 by a Fred Watson, changing its name to Watsonian in 1930 It became Britain's foremost sidecar manufacturer for many decades. Watsonian produced 'chairs' of all shapes and sizes to suit every kind of application – even for Vespas and Lambrettas – and not only included private and commercial road use, but also scrambles, trials, and even road racing. Stars of the day across all three disciplines used Watsonian products.

In 1956, Watsonian took over the rights to the Swallow Sidecar brand name from Tube Investments. They had been an early supplier to the Swallow Sidecar Company, which after WW2 was renamed to Jaguar Cars. From 1956, Watsonian started to manufacture sidecar bodies from GRP (glass reinforced plastic.) In the 1970s, they used their expertise in GRP to diversify into production of roofs for Land Rover and for several sports cars. When the Land Rover contract ended in 1981, Watsonian was forced to scale back production. Watsonian and Squire sidecars merged in the late 1980s and as still production today.

This alloy-bodied, lightweight International model trials 'chair' – clearly made for installing to the right side of the motorcycle (as in North America) - appears un-restored though worn yet pretty much complete. The Watsonian Sidecars manufacturer's logo is still attached to the sidecar body, and this chair is tagged with the date-related body number C6574. Factory records state that this is the last of the 1952 batch of six 'Comp' sidecars. The sidecar is in age- and use-related condition and is offered ready for a thorough cleaning and possibly restoration. Watsonian sidecars are rare in the USA today; their trials sidecar extraordinarily so. This one, one of six!

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c.1952 Watsonian International Competition Aluminum Trials Sidecar and Chassis Frame no. C6574
c.1952 Watsonian International Competition Aluminum Trials Sidecar and Chassis Frame no. C6574
c.1952 Watsonian International Competition Aluminum Trials Sidecar and Chassis Frame no. C6574
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