Facelift for Watsonian’s oldest sidecar

First seen in 1946, Watsonian’s lightweight Prescott sidecar has been given a new body shell for its 75th birthday.

Initially made using a batch of surplus RAF Mosquito reserve fuel tanks, subsequent versions were produced in fibreglass, using a mould taken from one of the original spun plywood body shells

To give the Prescott a new lease of life, Watsonian redesigned the sidecar body, so that its complex shape can be moulded in two halves. This speeds up the production process – because results are more consistent and require less finishing by hand – and gives it a distinctive central crown, running along the length of the body.

It sits on a tubular steel chassis, which is powder-coated for a long-lasting finish. Suspension is provided by a hydraulic unit and the classic 16″ wheel has stainless spokes with a machined Watsonian hub.

The fold-down screen is mounted on a cast aluminium bar in front of the cockpit and the seat tilts forward to provide access to storage space behind. A tonneau cover is included in the price.

Made in the UK to order, prices for the Prescott Sidecar can be found here and Watsonian provide a factory-fitting service if required.

The first updated Prescott to roll off the production line at Watsonian’s Cotswold factory has been fitted to a 1965 Ariel Arrow, using a specially developed sub-frame, to provide secure mounting points. The sidecar chassis has been powder coated to match the Ariel’s frame and the sidecar body has been sprayed to match the motorcycle tank’s distinctive paint.