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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


25 March 2010

Today, please welcome Andrew Sorouni with Y 2759 to Ys on Parade.

Also two new Hints and Tips have been added - Gilles Backand has the proper fix for Drooping door handles, and Roy Clapham has sent in details of how to make a Sump Tank or Drip Trap.


23 March 2010

A new Collectible has been added courtesy of Malcolm Eades.


21 March 2010

Thank you to everyone who wrote into Hagerty - they have informed me that they have had an overwhelming and very favorable response from you all concerning "your" site, for that is what it is - yours. To quote Hagerty "many of you wrote in and now you are clearly on our radar. Not only is the site good, you must have a very dedicated bunch of viewers".  They have promised to let me have a copy of the results of your petitioning them in due course and I will provide you with that feedback.  Glad you are clearly enjoying the site still and approve of all the recent changes - we will try to keep them coming: that of course depends on you!


20 March 2010

The list of Downloadables continues to grow! Today, courtesy of our friends on www.mg-tabc.org and Gene Gillam we are able to add his excellent essay on the XPAG Cooling System with an excellent and clear presentation of the paths of the water channels through the cylinder head.


19 March 2010

We are delighted to announce a partnering with Printwear - a specialty custom clothing supplier who carry a huge range of inventory of different styles of clothing for every fashion imaginable. They will customize your clothing by adding an MG Y Saloon, or an MG Y Tourer, to your personal specifications! Details of Printwear's offering can be accessed in the MG Y Type Shopping Mall.

Mike Long also has brought to our attention the Guide for Users of Historic Vehicles which has been added to the side bar menu to this News page.  The Federation of British Historic Vehicles has also been added to the Links page.


18 March 2010

A new download is available - John Lawson has given his kind permission for us to provide his excellent cross reference book - The Alternate Parts List.  This guide is invaluable for when you are trying to find those hard to get parts or at an autojumble or swap meet and do not want to pay an "MG" premium for something you can ask for a part for an Austin.

Also, Clive Ervill sent in an amusing anecdote of his days with YB 1022.  This has been added to Stories from the Rear View Mirror.  If you have any similar stories, please send them in.


17 March 2010

The film clip from The Fast Lady has been added to the "Y"s on film ... and other media page.


16 March 2010

Today, please welcome Clive Ervill and YB 1022 to Ys on Parade. Clive's car makes another pair with the YB 1023 belonging to Nick Baker in Australia!


15 March 2010

The mid-month Reprinted Article has been released. It is from Novemeber 2007 Practical Classics and features the MG YBs of Alex Bawn.


14 March 2010

Two new Parts Drawings have been sent in by Roy Clapham - a dimensioned drawing of the rear rain channel for the sun roof assembly, and a dimensioned drawing of the headliner.


13 March 2010

Two new Hints and Tips have been added from Tony Slattery for those who "do like to do the work themselves and want to use the best and cheapest materials".

Karel Vermeer has found a new Collectible too.


12 March 2010

A new book, spotted by Neil Cairns, has been added to the Collectibles page - Rosie's Journey - that features a YB on the cover.


11 March 2010

Jerry Birkbeck has asked for the following to be brought to your attention concerning the MG Car Club Y Type Register Spring Run 2010.


Saturday 22 May 2010

The Dinner will be held the evening before on Saturday 22nd May at the  The Royal Oak Hotel, Ledbury. The cost is £25 a head for a 4 Course Meal. We only have 8 places left so if you are interested then please forward me your details as soon as possible.

Jerry Birkbeck


Sunday 23 May 2010

The Run commences at 11.30 from Ledbury Rugby Club and finishes after a 50 mile drive at Berrington Hall, north of Leominster.

For more details please see the Events page and contact Jerry Birkbeck as soon as possible as places are filling up fast for this great run.


10 March 2010

For US owners, this is probably the best news in a long time ... University Motors is back in business with John Twist at the helm.  Here is a statement from John.

When, nearly one year ago, as the Michigan economy was collapsing and my wife Caroline's health failing, we had no option but to cease fulltime business. During the following seven months I cared for Caroline as the cancer sapped her strength, but never her will. Spending increasingly greater time with her at home, I simply could not attend to business.  We sent notices to our customers thanking them for their years of support. We sent notices to our suppliers; we discharged our employees with severance; we had an auction to sell off shop equipment and MG memorabilia. 

Caroline died in January. As I pondered my future, I could not escape the undeniable fact: MG is my destiny. We are now re-awakening University Motors.

My son, Brooks, has taken his mother Caroline's place in the office, we have two of our original mechanics back at work, and we are working to re-invigorate University Motors. We offer bench, line, and restoration services, as well as MG education via DVDs and technical seminars, on-site and off-site. Our new website will be online soon. We are not yet at speed but we are on the entrance ramp to full time business.

Our old advertisements read: A lifelong dedication to the marque. That statement is as true today as it was when we first used it. Thanks to all who have supported us through this very dismal and heartrending time. We hope to be of service to you during your MG ownership.

I am sure any one who has had any interaction with John will join in wishing him well with the renewed venture.


7 March 2010

Bienvenue to our latest entry to Ys on Parade - Jean Marc Aubergier and YT 3377!


1 March 2010

Ursula and Manfred Noll-Baues in their YB 1076 provide this month's Picture of the Month.  The Reprinted Article, comes from Classic Cars Magazine, May 2008 and is a short piece where they test cars that were currently for sale - an interesting short report.

Mike Silk, notified me of a new film with an MG Y in it - the Fast Lady.  A synopsis and still shot has been added to the Ys on Film, and other media page.  Permission is currently being sought to include a short clip from the film too which may come later.


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