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MGYT Appraisal Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve managed to spare a few hours this afternoon to have our 1949 MG Y Tourer up on the ramp for the full appraisal. From

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We’ve found blue!!

Even those with a keen eye for detail would think our 1949 MG Y Tourer started it’s life in white…but believe it or not she was originally Clipping Blue (BMC Code: BU14, ICI Code: 0146 or 3300).

A credit to it’s former restorer this car shows almost no signs of the original blue colour.

We were starting to become a little nervous; the owner’s told us of the blue colour, all of the paperwork suggests it was blue, even looking back through the history, the signs all say she was blue but we could see very little physical evidence of this on the vehicle.

We have now completed the huge task of stripping her and just as we thought we’d covered every angle we removed a bracket. That one bracket told the full story!




Real progress as we finish up on day 2 of the MGYT strip down

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lauren has been hard at work over the last couple of days, stripping our 1949 MGYT of all the removable components.

As this is a complete rebuild project the entire car is to be stripped. The engine was already out of the vehicle which saved us a lot of time but all we have left to do now is a few wires under the bonnet, the bonnet itself as well as the two doors.

All interior, exterior, hood and hood frame is now off the vehicle and stored away safely ready to be assessed for cleaning, repairing or replacing.

The next big job will be to remove the shell from the chassis so it can be prepared and re-sprayed.

As we’ve mentioned a lot throughout our projects, when undertaking any restoration work be sure to take lots of photos. What you think you might remember you may forget. Having photographs is a fantastic way of referring back to how it once was.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”7947,7974,7973,7972,7971,7970,7969,7968,7967,7966,7965,7964,7963,7962,7961,7960,7959,7958,7957,7956,7955,7954,7953,7952,7951,7950,7949,7948″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

1949 MG YT the restoration begins…

Work on our 1949 MG Y Tourer was not scheduled to begin until the beginning of next year but Lauren has managed to squeeze in a couple of days this week to get started on stripping the car. Everything on this vehicle is to removed as it is a complete ‘nut and bolt’ restoration.

The car started it’s life in blue and whoever changed the colour of her has done a remarkable job, every inch of this vehicle suggests it started it’s life a white car…a real credit to it’s previous owner!

As Lauren will tell you, some cars are a nightmare to strip, some of these rusty bolts just don’t want to be loosened. Others are a dream to strip, this being one of them…so far anyway!!

At the end of day one

1949 MGYT Restoration at Bridge Classic Cars

1949 MGYT Restoration at Bridge Classic Cars

1949 MGYT Restoration at Bridge Classic Cars

1949 MGYT Restoration at Bridge Classic Cars

MGYT Appraisal Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve managed to spare a few hours this afternoon to have our 1949 MG Y Tourer up on the ramp for the full appraisal.

From first impressions Asa has reported good news. The hot climate has helped preserve the underneath which is very promising. Every exterior panel needs work but this is to be expected. Nothing is too daunting and everything is achievable.

Once the full appraisal is complete we’ll report back on our findings and then discuss the next phase of the restoration project.

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Cyprus – Felixstowe – Ipswich

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This morning we welcomed the newest addition to the Bridge Classic Cars family.

Our 1949 MG YT (T is for Tourer) has been owned by the same family from new and has spent it’s entire life over in Cyprus.

The only information we were originally given was “The vehicle has been in the family since new. The vehicle which is cream in colour has been used as a family car. The engine requires a rebore and is out of the car at the present moment. The upholstery and soft top was renovated in Lincoln Green leather just over 7 years ago”

Now in the hands of its proud new owner, Mr MacDonald has been on the look out for some time for an MG Y so when this came available on eBay he was determined to get his hands on it.

She docked in Felixstowe last week from Cyprus and has just arrived with us here in our Ipswich workshop for a full appraisal ready for the full restoration to commence.

Even Mike, owner of NTG (one of the UK’s largest suppliers of MG parts) was excited to see this car, as soon as we told him of the history. He paid us a special visit this morning to have a good look over her, even before we had chance to get her inside!

She’ll soon be brought through our workshops for a full appraisal but even though she may look a little sorry for herself right now I think it is safe to say this is a fantastic little find for Mr MacDonald.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”7700,7701,7702,7703,7704,7705,7706,7707,7708,7709,7710,7711,7712,7713,7714,7715,7716,7717″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Coming soon to Bridge Classic Cars; a very rare 1949 MG Y Type, currently en route from Cyprus


In 1948 several (currently believed to be 9) “YA” Types (consisting of chassis, engines and some body parts) were imported into Switzerland and given cabriolet bodywork by various coachbuilders, such as Reinbolt & Christé. The idea of the open four-seat tourer had been popular before the war, and in theory there was still a market. As a result a “TC” specification of the XPAG engine was married to a pressed-steel open body with fully folding hood and coach-built doors.

A production tourer, the MG “YT”, was launched at the Motor Show in 1948. It was available for export only in both right- and left-hand-drive models. Only 877 of these cars were produced when production ceased in 1950—it was not the success that MG had hoped for, and indeed other British manufacturers were also having problems selling open-tourer versions of their saloons.

The “YT” Tourer did not benefit from ‘displayed’ woodwork but had the same standard of seat trim. It did have more instrumentation, in that there was a tachometer (or rev counter) in front of the driver, the speedometer was positioned in front of the passenger with a central bank of subsidiary dials in the centre, giving a similar sporting appearance to the TC with a “double scuttle” dash.

1949 MG Y Type

A childhood dream for Mr MacDonald to own one of the 877 that were produced.

This incredible MG Y Type is due to leave Cyprus this Friday and after a few weeks at sea she’ll be arriving in Felixstowe before being delivered directly to our Ipswich workshops for assessment.

At Bridge Classic Cars we offer anything that your classic car desires.

We’ll give this wonderful little MG a fully check over and along with it’s new owner, we’ll decide on the best course of action to get her up and running.

In no time at all she’ll be out and about for all to see and enjoy.

1949 MG Y Type

1949 MG Y Type