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William (Willie) Watson

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William (Willie) Watson started to work at Invicta cars as mechanic from pre-World War I racing days. He joined Lagonda where he worked under the direction of W.O. Bentley as part of a team directed by him. He participated in the design of the V12 Lagonda and also the short-lived post-war version. In 1947 David Brown bought the Aston Martin and Lagonda companies and incorporated them as Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.. Lagonda's 2.6 L, dual overhead cam, straight-six engine was the main objective in Brown's acquisition of the company. W. O. Bentley had supervised the engine's design, which the work was done largely by engineer Willie Watson. In 1953 Watson, employed as Eberan von Eberhorst's assistant, presented an alternative design of Aston Martin DB3 to John Wyer, Aston Martin's competitions manager, and the DB3S was born.

 

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