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H G Cox letter 27 August 1947

(99kb)  A letter to Sir Miles Thomas detailing sales early orders for the MG Y.

MG YT Factory Production Records ~ recreated

 (1.8mb)A PDF file by David Pelham (updated 10 October 2018).

The Complete Manchester XPAG Files

by Paul Ireland

Classic Engines, Modern Oil

by Paul Ireland

Register your MG Y Type with us

Register on line or download a form to email or fax your registration to us

Fractions to Decimals to Millimetres

A table to convert fractions of an inch into decimals and millimeters

UK Licence plates

A document reproduced here by kind permission of the Chiltern Vehicle Preservation Group

Parts Cross Reference pages

Look up modern supplier part numbers for your MG Y Type Parts needs

MG Service Department Service Sheet Amendments

The XPAG Cooling System

by Gene Gillam

The Alternate Parts List

by John Lawson. This is a very useful cross reference on many Y/YT and YB parts and lists other cars that had the same parts.

Guide for Users of Historic Vehicles


Safety Fast Newsletters

A full back catalogue of Newsletters scanned from Safety Fast, from the first in 1992, to date.

The MG Y Type Buyer's Guide

A miscellany of resources and articles to help you decide on how to buy and what to look for.

Original brochure
MG Y Type Screensaver

(2.7 MB).

YT brochure
MG YT Screensaver


Let there be Ys
Let there be Ys Screensaver


5 Speed YB Conversion

(241kb) A PDF by Tony Vernall.

MG Engine History

A PDF file by Neil Cairns - Version 9.0. (1.3mb)

MG Y Ledgers

(310kb) A PDF file with an introduction by Neil Cairns of guarantee plates, chassis numbers and engine numbers, where this information is known.

Post War M.G. Saloon cars 1947 - 1999

(4.5mb including colour pictures) by Neil Cairns.

Miscellaneous items

Radiator cap mascots
and Hood Ornaments

How different people decorate the front of their car.
As always, consult your local laws governing where you live please.

Luggage straps for the MG Y

Details on the luggage straps that were available as a period optional extra.

Stories from the Rear view mirror

Historical research on individual cars by their owners.

Models of the MG Y Type

Details of models of the MG Y Type.

Historical Timeline of Y history events and contemporary world news.

Sister Cars to the MG Y Type

by Neil Cairns

The MG Y Type Tool Kit

by Jeremy Havard.

Terry Ciantar's original tool kit

Photographs by Terry Ciantar.

Service tools for use in the MG Series Y


21 January 2005

I recently came across two new adverts to share with everyone, both from dealers.  One is from an unknown date, and features Clanfield Lawrence dealers, the other from 1953 features University Motors.


18 January 2005

Please welcome Terry and Cheryl Ciantar, and Y 2866 to Ys on Parade.  Terry was very lucky and cquired quite a lot of very original stuff with the car too!


15 January 2005

This month's Reprinted Article comes from Enjoying MG, July 1986, and is a profile of the MG YA.  Also added to the Links page is a link to the website of the UK newspaper of The Independent who featured an article on the MG Y Type in their Classic Car series (1 June 2004).  Owing to copyright, we are unable to reprint the article, but have been allowed to link to it.  Look under the Other Websites and Personal Homepages section.


9 January 2005

Please welcome Ray Jacka and YT 3741 to Ys on Parade.  Ray has spent 10 years restoring the car and is considering selling it. Ray is not on e-mail and any interested parties are asked to contact Ray through the good offices of Alf Luckman our Australasia Representative.  Also, the MG Car Club have confirmed the dates for the 55th Silverstone International Meeting as being the 22 - 24 July 2005: see the Events page for more details.


6 January 2005

Details are now available on the 8th Annual UK 2005 MG Car Club Y Type Register Spring Run.  An application form can be downloaded here or from the Events page.  The run will be based at Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.  The event will run will include a run around the Costwolds commencing at 11.30 a.m. to return by 3.00 p.m.. This should take no more than a couple of hours which will allow for lunch stops. At 3.30p.m. the awarding of the NTG cup (for YA's and YT's) and the Bill Atkinson cup (for YB's) will be made following a self-judging concours.  Some may choose to visit the gardens and the castle; details will be included with the application form.  All Y Type owners are welcome — please see if we can make more than 50 Y's this year!

Also on 26 June Neil Cairns will be organizing a Ys in Steam day at the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway.  Anyone interested in narrow gauge railways, steam and diesel, the Leighton Buzzard Railway is running a classic car rally on Sunday 26th June 2005.  The railway gets out all its steam engines and running diesel units, (it has the largest collection of 2ft gauge engines in the UK) and you get a free ride on the 3.7 mile line. There is a cafe, shop, engine shed, and last year 120 cars took part. For more information contact Neil with your details and he will forward entry forms when they are ready.  Details can also be found on the Events page.

To assist navigation the Events Page has been divided into two - Events covering current year events, and Old Events covering events and reports from previous years.


3 January 2005

Willem Van der Veer sent me a copy of a page from The Autocar 5 May 1950 recently which included a short section on Y Type driving.  I have copied this out below:

How certain well-loved cars assume a personality!  Years ago, the late Cecil Kimber lent me a 1 1/2-litre M.G. "to play around with" for a week or two (you could do it in those days), and since then I have followed the M.G. range with maternal interest.  The 1 1/4-litre met with my full approval and the other night I renewed acquaintance with it.
The experience was like going home after a long absence.  I settled in the seat, groped unfamiliarly for the light switch, found it and immediately the rest of the knobs became instinctive.  There was a moment's hesitation when I wanted reverse; left or right?  Memory plumped for right and sure enough it was.  Before many miles were gone the little saloon was zipping round the bends in the well-remembered fashion and a few more years had been passed in The Scribe's backward progress to youth again.  I always feel that the 1 1/4-litre is a young car.  There is an elasticity about its progress along the road that humans lose as the joint stiffen.

Also, please welcome the new owners of Y 3095 to Ys on Parade - Brian and Christine Calder.


2 January 2005

So,1,000 days, and, as a special treat, a new screensaver of MG YTs for you to download and use, based mainly on the October 1948 brochure, and the first Technical Advice question and answer of the new year.  Also, for your enjoyment, we look back twelve years, to 1993 with a reprinted article from MG Enthusiast showing that even then, the MG Car Club Y Type Register organised some pretty spectacular tours with the 1992 French Tour.

There appears to be no end of things you can do with a Y Type at Christmas time, under Artists Impressions is another Christmas card - from Ted Gardner this time.


1 January 2005

Happy New Year and welcome to the 999th day of the website!  Yes we have been on-line, enjoying and sharing these wonderful cars with the world for 999 days already - your support and participation has enabled the site to grow from the first few tentative pages originally placed, to a most amazing and diverse site: who would have thought that we would have found so much amazing material, and so many owners willing to share their beautiful cars with us in all states of restoration.  With your continued participation we continue to look forward to what 2005 will bring!

You will find your calendar for 2005 on the side panel of this page, and we will try to bring you a rich variety of other things over the coming months for you to enjoy and share in.  Always remember, this is your site and your input to its vitality and vibrancy is paramount to us, and your fellow Y owners.  So, if you know a Y which is not currently on the site - get with the owner and send in a photograph and all the details on the Submit your "Y" to Ys on Parade page.  If you cannot send a digital picture, you can always email the webmaster for his "snail mail" address and send a normal photograph.  Also, if you have a technical query, you can ask the Technobods - Neil Cairns and David Pelham Technical Advice page, or share your Hints and Tips with us too.  Whatever you have, Y Type, you can always send it in - we will try to find somewhere for it for you and others to enjoy.

As ever, we also have a new Picture of the Month for you too.


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