More About the MG YA Sedan

On November 8, 2011 I posted some information about the MG YA and other MG sedans.  I included a couple of photos of a grey MG YA sedan which I had taken while competing in the 2009 Kennebunks  Rally in Maine.  When I attended the 2012 Lime Rock Historic Festival I saw the same 1950 MG YA sedan.  At Lime Rock I was able to take a closer look at this car.  As a result, I am able to include some additional photos of this car in this post.

1950 MG YA Sedan

This MG YA and similar sedans the MG YB and the MG YT were made from early 1947 to late 1953.  During that time 6,131 YA cars, 1,301 YB cars, and 904 YT cars were built.  The MG YA was the first MG with an all steel chassis and body.

The Front and Back Doors Share The Same Hinges

The engine in the MG YA was a slightly detuned version of the 4-cylinder 1,250cc engine that was in the more sporty MG TC.  The MG YA was not a very fast car with a 0 to 60 miles per hour time of just over 28 seconds and a top speed of 71 miles per hour.

The Guages In This Car Have An Octagon “MG” Shape

I find the MG YA to be an attractive car that like many other of the MG cars of that era, have both feet firmly planted in the 1930s, despite being marketed in the 1950s.

Apparently the MG YA was the first MG car to be made with some models having left hand drive that is more suitable for some foreign markets such as the USA.  Obviously this particular car came with right hand drive.

Note The “Supercharged” Emblem on the Hood of This MG YA

This MG YA has a “Supercharged” emblem on the side of the front hood.  This is interesting because the MG YA cars did not come from the factory with supercharged engines.  One very thorough book about MG cars that I have, “MG by McComb” written by F. Wilson McComb, notes that a privately owned MG YA fitted with a low-pressure Shorrock supercharger was taken to Jabbeke where Goldie Gardner got the car up to a little over 104 miles per hour.  Quite an improvement over the more commonly reported top speed for this car of 71 miles per hour!  Given the additional horsepower and engine revolutions required to push a rather boxy-shaped car like this from 71 to 104 miles per hour, I suspect that there were more modifications to the car than just the addition of a supercharger.

In summary, I was pleased to see this car again and I see that the owner has added a new non-standard radiator cap.

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