1949 MGA

oz-20001949 MGA  –   I failed to get details on this entrant

The MGA  is one of the  easiest  to recognise sporty car of  the fifties.   It was from the outset a very pretty car.  Elvis Presley  thought it extremely attractive and the one he owned is still parked  at Graceland.

Three MGA prototypes were entered in the 24 hour  LeMans  of  1955 “The grand prix of endurance  and efficiency ”  one of the cars crashed and the other two came in 12th and 17th .   This  success probably accounted for the great success the MGA had as an export model  Over 100.00 cars were built, the British  sold under 6.000  in the home market.

MGA 1955 to 1962  Extremely collectable,  early models highly sought


1949 MGY

oz-20001949 MGY  Entrant number 12 Driver Owen McNeill Navigator Mary McNeill


The  MGY  was created from a Morris ten the Morris eight and some Wolseley parts.  It was not really as sporty as it looked as it weighed  a bit over a ton. It was not greatly handy for anything over  60 miles per hour.   It did have a sunroof,  leather upholstery,   lots of walnut trim and a tilting windscreen.    That was about all that was needed to  attract the few buyers willing to  upgrade  to a car with a touch more glamour.

An open top version was introduced in 1948 (YT) , it had the same  54 BHP engine with twin SU carburetors  the same as the MG  TC.   The YT was not greatly successful, probably the wrong mixture of sporty and luxury.

In 1953 the Y was replace with the MG Magnette  which was basically a Wolseley 4/44  body with an MG grill,  an attractive car  but not a lot of   oomph.  With weight in excess of  1,130 kg  powered by less than 1500 cc

It is a very collectible car, the MG badge, the two large headlights either side of a grille on a long bonnet is a well sought after look,   four seats. . It s an excellent classic well suited to club outings.