Lot 41: MG YA
ntroduced in 1947, the Y type saloon was an important car for MG. Boasting an all new welded box-section chassis (later adapted for use on the marque's TD / TF sportscars) its sophisticated coil-and-wishbone independent front suspension was the work of Sir Alec Issigonis and MG draughtsman Jack Daniels. Equipped with rack and pinion steering, a four-speed manual gearbox and hydraulic drum brakes as standard, it was powered by the same 1250cc XPAG four-cylinder engine as the TC Midget sports car. Said to develop some 46bhp and 58.5lbft of torque, the single SU carburettor fed unit reputedly endowed the model with a 71mph top speed. Elegantly understated, the four-door saloon's handsome lines were the work of Gerald Palmer. Benefiting from a well-appointed cabin, the YA remained in production until 1951 (by which time some 6,158 are thought to have been sold).
Reportedly the beneficiary of an extensive restoration, this particular example is finished in Sun Bronze metallic and rides on correct-type steel wheels. Pleasingly retaining much of its original burgundy leather upholstery not to mention a fully functional sunroof, the inviting interior also boasts a new West of England cloth headlining and nicely refurbished wood veneers. Summed-up by the seller as "a beautiful rust free car" and worthy of close inspection, this stylish MG saloon is offered for sale with a large history file (original service book, handbook, service chart, brochure, sundry literature, various old MOT certificates, numerous restoration photographs / invoices etc) and current MOT certificate.
Auction of Cars|
H&H Sales Limited, Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£9790|
|Registration number||EDB 117|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1250|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||4|