Darrel Watson emigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s. Thanks to a solid experience of 10 years acquired at General Motors, this brilliant engineer decided to found Watson Motors in New Orleans in 1936. During the Second World War, this company provided troop transport vehicles to the United States military. At the end of the war, thanks to his significant profits accumulated during the war, its founder directed production towards the manufacture of passenger cars and light trucks.
Wednesday, March 7, 1952
Somewhere at the Watson Motors headquaters in New Orleans, Darrel Watson meet the team who’s working on the future entry-level model. They have a prototype to show him.
James Stephenson, the design team manager, is proud to show their car to their CEO.
J.S. : “This car is powered by a 200 ci inline-six engine.”
D.W. : " Power ?"
J.S. : “Around 90 PS”
D.W. : “Wheight ?”
J.S. : " Around 2650 lbs. "
D.W. : “It’s quite light, isn’t it ?”
J.S.: “Not really. This car is based on a ladder frame with double wishbone front suspension and a rear solid axxle coil. It’s quite simple and low cost.”
D.W. : “Let’s take a look at the body style! I like it!”
J.S. : “Thank you sir.”
D.W. : “What’s the scale of this model?”
J.S. : “…” After a long silence “This is… a 1:1-scale model…”
D.W. : “Are you kidding ? Can you remind me the design brief ?”
J.S. : “We have to design an entry level car which have 6 people capacity, for the american market.”
D.W. : “We said american market… This car is designed like a sardine can! So… … Or… we could sell this design to european carmakers like Courageux Motor Company!”
J.S. : “Or we could sell it by ourself to european customers…”
D.W. : “May be or may be not… American market is our top priority. It remains four years to our company to design an entry level car. Keep the body style, design a larger wheelbase chassis, a powerfull engine and we’ll have it!”
Not a bad start. Its design and engineering features are generally typical of the era, but its coil-sprung live rear axle might give it better ride and handling than a leaf-sprung one if tuned correctly.
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