Sidecars riding the retro wave
Two recent examples to roll out of the company's Cotswold factory show the diversity of machines that owners fit sidecars to; a 1200cc Triumph Bobber Black and 300cc Vespa GTS.
Both feature the popular Prescott body shell, based on a design dating back to 1946, originally made using surplus RAF Mosquito reserve fuel tanks. These days Watsonian use fibreglass for all bodywork, offered in a choice of white or black gel coat finishes as standard, with the option to specify a wide variety of alternative colours.
The choice of chassis depends on the vehicle to which the sidecar is attached - the Bobber has the traditional perimeter frame, introduced in the 1950s - whereas the scooter uses a lighter platform chassis. Both are made from 1.5" tubular steel, powder-coated for durability and fitted with hydraulic suspension.
Customers can choose from a menu of components, such as wheels, mudguards and lights, a big plus point now that the customising scene is so big. The Triumph Bobber Black, for example, has a 16" spoked wheel, with black hub and wheel rim, Triumph Bobber front guard for a mudguard, LED lighting and a genuine leather seat.
Meanwhile the version fitted to a Vespa GTS300 features a fold-down screen mounted on a cast aluminium bar, Vespa front wheel on the sidecar, classic mudguard and vinyl sticker kit.
Prices for the Prescott start at £4,495-
For more information call 01386 700907 or visit www.watsonian-squire.com