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A charming 1949 full restored MG YA






82,851 miles

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History File

This charming MG YA example was first registered on the 9th December 1949 as KVO767 in Nottingham, England to a Mr Terence Desmond Hanson. The original UK buff Log Book shows seven additional owners with many invoices in the history file from 1974 to 1979 whilst owned by a Mr Roger Davis. The final entry is to a Mr Cyril Birch, incredibly still in the Nottingham area. On the 7th of July 1980, the last existing MOT certificate, shows the car with a mileage of 76,886 miles, so there is every chance that the total miles are accurate. The car would appear to have been then laid up for an intended restoration which, as so often occurs, simply did not happen. The last owner purchased the car in 2008 and with the assistance of an MG specialist in Essen, Germany, dully exported it there. In essence, it was in wonderful condition but it was quickly decided to restore the car which would eventually evolve into a full frame-off nut and bolt restoration, culminating in Historical German registration in 2014, with an insurance valuation of €29,500 and a Condition Report (-1). The total cost of the restoration was way in excess of €40,000!


This charming 1940’s saloon has been treated to a complete frame-off restoration, nicely depicted below. The original UK buff log book confirms that it left the factory in 1949 in the solid colour of Maroon. During the 2008 – 2014 restoration it was decided to retain the original colour, but contrast the wings and runners in solid black, as so often chosen by many MG buyers of the period. The result is utterly charming! Almost all of the chrome is original and in wonderful condition, so it was consciously decided to leave it alone and create an authentic patina appeal but, combine where necessary, in this instance with re-chromed bumpers. Particular detail has been given to the black exterior piping which is notoriously fiddly to re-apply and now sets the car off really well.


This is quite possibly the highlight of the car: the walnut veneer, in particular, has received a lot of the interior budget; offered to an antique wood specialist based in Krefeld, Germany, the results are astonishing, especially around the tricky sunroof areas. In keeping with this superb work, the headlining has also been treated to some of the finest work we’ve seen at Cathedral Classics. A high quality, soft black leather upholstery with contrasting red piping finish off the snug interior beautifully. Both the adjustable front screen and factory sunroof have been superbly restored and are great features on this 1940’s period vehicle.


The original UK Buff Log book – KVO 767 – shows eight UK owners in the well organized history file and is nicely placed alongside some old MOT certificates from 1979 – 1981. Also in the file, from the seventh owner, Mr Roger Davis from East Wittering, are fascinating notes and invoices from 1974 – 1979. The bulk of the later invoices are from the last German owner who restored the car at a cost of over €40,000. In 2014 TÜV Nord in Germany, tested and valued the car at a documented €29.500

Engine & Transmission

A complete engine and gearbox rebuild has taken place, undertaken by MG specialist “Alles” für den Motor in Essen, Germany. Fully documented with invoices and photos, the work is there for all to see. A recent video shows the car travelling at an impressive 63 mph, which is not bad at all for a car of this period. Statistics show that the 1250cc 4 cylinder unit offers 46bhp and a maximum speed of 71mph. The 4 – way jacking system is fully functional.

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes

In accordance with a Condition 1 Frame-Off restoration, all four wheels have been completely restored with new chrome hubcaps and are covered in correct Dunlop 500/5.25 16” tyres. All four drum brakes were of course completely restored during the lengthy restoration process.

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