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Y Type Comparisons

Comparing the Y Type to other 1950s cars.

 

Today the Y Type has a low top speed of 69-70mph, poor acceleration of 0-60 in 31 seconds, average consumption of 26-30mpg and is not a car for long fast runs on motorways. So just how did it compare to other cars of its era in 1950 then?

 

MODEL CC BHP@RPM Weight. MPH/1000rpm. MPG. Max.MPH. Cost.
Austin A40 1200 40 @ 4300 19cwt. 14.6. 37. 60. £448
Ford Prefect 1172 30 @ 4000 16cwt. 13.5. 40. 50. £397
Hillman Minx 1265 37.5 @ 4200 17.75cwt. 14.2. 36. 58. £505
HRG 1074 44 @ 5200 13.5cwt. 17.62. 40. 90. £1004
Lanchester Ten 1287 40 @ 4200 22cwt. 14.7. 30. 58. £927
Morgan 4-4 1267 40 @ 4300 14.5cwt. 16. 30. 68. £560
Morris Minor 918 29 @ 4400 14.75cwt. 14.9. 35. 56. £382
Morris Oxford 1476 41@4200 20.5cwt. 14.9. 30. 58. £546
Renault 8 1003 24 @ 3500 15cwt. 13.5. 36. 45. £473
Riley 1.5 1496 55 @ 4500 24.25cwt. 16. 29. 72. £913
Singer Roadster 1074 36 @ 5000 14.75cwt. 13.4. 35. 65. £576
Sunbeam Talbot 80 1184 47 @ 4800 22.5cwt. 14.6. 22. 65. £889
Triumph Mayflower 1247 38 @ 4200 17cwt. 14.4. 35. 58. £473
Vauxhall Wyvern 1442 35 @ 3200 18.75cwt. 16.3. 34. 56. £480
MG TD 1250 54 @ 5200 18cwt. 14.42. 40. 74. £570
MG Y Type 1250 46 @ 4800 19.5cwt. 14.6. 37. 69. £671
MG YT Type 1250 54 @ 5200 19cwt. 14.6. 37. 72 . £671

 

Now, straight away you will note the 37mpg of the Y Type, but the figures above are all at a steady 30mph, not the overall average. Only the Sunbeam Talbot’s engine produces more power per cc, but the car is 3cwt heavier! The Vauxhall Wyvern’s bigger ohv engine only makes 35bhp!

 

All prices given are inclusive of the then Purchase Tax, a bit like our current VAT. All cars have low geared rear axles looking at the mph/1000rpm figures, typical of small engines in heavy cars. Note how the MGs are the fastest group and only the Riley and HRG are faster.Neil Cairns.