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YB 1551 - the last Y chassis ever

The last Y chassis ever, YB 1551 was built up into a racing bodied special for the famous race driver, Dick Jacobs.  The Register last heard of in 2002 when we were told it was to be rebuilt.  We'd love to hear from the owner with more photos and details!  The body was a glass fibre shell over a small tubular steel frame. 

YB 1551 - special race body

YB 1551 - skeletal frame of body

Rear profile of XN 01 - probably all that most racers ever saw of the car!

K Gibson standing next to XN 01.

Location unknown showing XN 01 in a Sprint "drag" race, clearly much faster off the mark than the Ford!  Look carefully in the background and you can see at least 3 Ys!

Another shot of Dick Jacobs' YB 1551 under construction.

Another shot of Dick Jacobs' YB 1551 under construction.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551, Brighton, circa 1952.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at Goodwood, circa, 1952.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 in the six hour relay meeting, Silverstone, 1954.

Another shot of Dick Jacobs' YB 1551 in the six hour relay meeting, Silverstone, 1954

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at National Race Meeting, Goodwood, June 7, 1954.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551.

Dick Jacobs' YB 1551 under construction.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at Goodwood, March 26, 1955.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at the National Race meeting at Goodwood, August 21, 1954.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at the National Race meeting at Goodwood, August 21, 1954 - finished 2nd.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at Goodwood, Whitsuntide, 1954.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at the National Race meeting at Goodwood, June 7, 1954.

Another shot of Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at the National Race meeting at Goodwood, June 7, 1954.

.Another shot of Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at the National Race meeting at Goodwood, June 7, 1954.

Dick Jacobs with YB 1551 at the Bristish Automobile Racing Club (BARC) meeting for the 17th Members' Sports Car Meet at Goodwood, August 21, 1954.

Another photograph of Dick Jacobs and the Special he built on the last YB chassis, YB 1551.  This time it was taken at Goodwood circa 1954.

Another photograph of Dick Jacobs and the Special he built on the last YB chassis, YB 1551.  This time it is in the British Grand Prix, Production Sports Car Race, July 1954.

The MG Car Company gave Dick Jacobs the last ever YB Chassis, YB 1551, and a special bodied race car was built on the chassis.  Here is a picture of Dick's car being driven round Brands Hatch Raceway on 8 December 1974, the license plate is 982 VWL.  This car is now owned by Stuart Dean.

Recent photograph of YB 1551, taken at MG Silverstone, 2008 by Stewart Penfound

Another recent photograph of YB 1551, taken at MG Silverstone, 2008 by Stewart Penfound

An advert from Motor Sport magazine, June 1954 for R. G. S. Atlanta for their Fibre Glass Bodies as fitted to YB 1551.

A brochure from R. G. S. Atlanta for their Fibre Glass Bodies as fitted to YB 1551.