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Y-Type Register Contribution to “The First Seventy Five Years” update

 

The MG One and a Quarter Litre Series Y and YB cars were the MG Car Company’s first sporting saloons to be produced after the Second World War. Production started in 1947 and continued until 1953 when the model was replaced by the larger ZA Magnette. The Series YT open tourer was introduced in 1948 and continued until 1950. Most were exported to Australasia and the USA. All models were well equipped, had contemporary performance, comfortable ride and excellent handling. They were and still are great fun to own and drive. You can take the family along to those rainy MG events and keep them dry too! The formation of the Y-type Register of the MG Car Club, as we know it today, was approved by the MGCC Council in 1991. Previous to that time the Register had been a subsidiary part of the T Register for many years, though records show that a separate Y-type Register existed for a period of time in 1979. Two Y-type owners, Dennis Doubtfire and Colin Rea, realised that although the model had been well represented within the T Register by former registrars (the late David Washbourne and the late Jonathan Ogilsby), too many Y-types had been lost to the ravages of the “metal moth” and some would say, misguided, T-type restorers. A higher profile was needed to encourage restoration, wider Y-type ownership and use of the cars in the future. So, the dedicated MG Car Club Y-type Register was born and has not looked back. In 1991 we knew of just over 500 cars, in use, being rebuilt or scrapped, today the total is over 1,870. Over the first ten to fifteen years, the Register saw a remarkable growth in the interest of MG enthusiasts for the Y-type models. Cars emerged as “barn finds” and many home restoration projects were started (some were even finished!). Many cars have been restored to regular, even daily use and a number are currently known to be still under restoration both in the UK and other countries. Sale prices stayed at reasonable and eminently affordable levels for many years. Only in the last five years or so, has there been a noticeable increase in values and particularly in the case of the rarer YT tourer, where recent UK auction sales have realised winning bids close to £30,000! In 1997 the Y-type celebrated its Golden Jubilee and as recognition of the efforts of its committee and members, the Y-type Register became only the second register ever to be awarded the MG Car Club’s premier trophy, The Nuffield Gold Cup. Flushed with this success and despite the cars being old (and some of their owner’s even more so!), the Register then moved with the times and established its first presence on the Internet with a website dedicated to the Y-type. The latest MG Car Club Y-Type Register website can be viewed at: www.mgccyregister.com

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