30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 7

1949 MG YA Saloon

Sold for £15,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: UML 241
Chassis No: Y2366
MOT: Exempt

  • Resided in current ownership for twenty-two years
  • Subject to a body-off cosmetic restoration and interior refresh shortly before being acquired by the vendor
  • Reputedly supplied new to a director of University Motors Ltd. with the apt ‘UML’ registration number
  • Improved extensively by the vendor in regard to mechanical condition

Introduced in 1947, the Y-Type saloon was an important car for MG. Boasting an all-new welded box-section chassis (later adapted for use on the marque's TD / TF sportscars) its sophisticated coil-and-wishbone independent front suspension was the work of Sir Alec Issigonis and MG draughtsman Jack Daniels. Equipped with rack and pinion steering, a four-speed manual gearbox, and hydraulic drum brakes as standard, it was powered by the same 1250cc XPAG four-cylinder engine as the TC Midget sports car. Said to develop some 46bhp and 58.5lbft of torque, the single SU carburettor fed unit reputedly endowed the model with a 71mph top speed. Elegantly understated, the four-door saloon's handsome lines were the work of Gerald Palmer. Benefiting from a well-appointed cabin, the YA remained in production until 1951 (by which time some 6,158 are thought to have been sold).

Manufactured in 1949, chassis number Y2366 was supplied new to the United Kingdom, being first registered on the 1st of February of that year. Reputedly supplied new to a director of University Motors Ltd. with the apt ‘UML’ registration number, the YA is finished in the attractive colour scheme of Red over Cream paintwork with complementary Red leather interior upholstery. Purchased by the vendor in December 2000 (twenty-two years ago) from an H&H auction at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, ‘UML 241’ had shortly before received a comprehensive, body-off, bodywork and interior restoration by the previous keeper (a paint shop owner). Subsequently benefitting from extensive mechanical improvement by the retired engineer vendor, the YA received reconditioned front suspension and steering (with many new parts); an overhauled braking system; wiring rectification, and an overhaul of the built-in Jacking system.

Further improved and sensibly upgraded more recently with an electric fan (the original parts accompany the car), an adapted thermostat housing with a replaceable thermostat, LED lights to assist the dynamo, a brake servo, and removal of the voltage regulator/cut-out for a solid-state voltage regulator. The very well-presented ‘UML 241’ is offered with a history file which includes a collection of invoices relating to the current ownership, photographs documenting the body restoration, a few previous MOT certificates and a current V5C. Chassis number Y2366 is rated as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ throughout by the vendor.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good to Excellent'
Engine: 'Very Good to Excellent'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Transmission: 'Excellent'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good to Excellent'

PLEASE NOTE: The hand controls will be removed prior to sale.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

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