1949 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 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.