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501a
501

One of the Earls Court Motor Show cars. Green body with biscuit interior and a radio fitted. Doors have been removed for better viewing of the interior.
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537a
537

Chassis 537 was the first car built in 1954. It later became known as "Bumble"when  in the hands of Judy Andreason competing in the Classic Saloon car series of races during the '70s. Originally painted black, then painted in the "Cream Cracker" colours of brown and cream. Shown here in race trim. The original doors without quarterlight had been removed and stored save. It is believed that this car is now in Japan. If you know more about the whereabouts, please contact us!!

4332

First car in 1955 (approximate)

13257

13257 First car in 1956 (approximate)

20642

Chassis 20642: First car in 1957 (approximate)

27638

Chassis # 27638: First car in 1958 (approximate)

___uxk_ebay3_2005
90000

This car was spotted on ebay in March 2005. The registration was --- UXK

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just_married
40000

This is from a British TV spot at the end of the 90's. Does anybody know more about it?

504
504

Maroon with biscuit interior and with fitted radio went to University Motors, London, where press launch party was held in the presence of Thornley, Palmer and other luminaries. This picture taken from Palmer's Autobiography (see books) which is titled "...Here am I speaking at the London launch of the Magnette". So I assume the car in front is #504.

556a
556

This car was first registered on  26.02.1954. It was for sale on ebay in October 2007. Highest bid  £750,00 but didn't  reach reserve. More pics...

4531a
4531

KA E 23 4531
Seen on ebay Australia in 11/2007

13381a
13381

KA D 43 13381
I pulled this ugly apple green ZA out of a barn in Indiana, entered it in a car show the next day (won 1st in class) & have enjoyed working out the mechanical bugs prior to respray to original colour.
Toni Barnhill

20737a
20737

KA C 43 20737
Ebay 10/2005: The story I got when I bought this Magnette at auction was that it had belonged to a U.S. Airforce officer stationed in England and he brought it back with him.It's a left hand drive. I hope someone can use it at least for parts I cant stand to see any old or historic car go to the crusher

27652a
27652

KA BJ 13 27652
First registered on 17 Jan 1958. Still in regular use by Greg Thornton, UK

3america
90001

To me it looks like an American car

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wedding_magnette3
40001

 

On February 14th, Paul Lester, a member of the Windsor - Detroit MG Club, and his fiancée Marie tied the not. Before the event, Paul scoured the newspapers and internet for a unique wedding car. Being a couple of ex-pats, of course the vehicle had to at least have a Lucas electrical system, had to drip a little oil, have a bonnet, a boot, and maybe even the steering wheel on the “correct” side. He had considered using his MGB, but the thought of a mid-February day in Michigan, a complete absence of a heater and poorly-fitting soft top encouraged him to look elsewhere. He turned to the club and was immediately offered the use of Jeff Zorn's 1958 ZB.   Despite the cold weather, the car was warm and comfortable. It drew admiring (and puzzled) looks from the American wedding guests – the bigger the car they were in the more they strained to see what this odd little gray car was. At the church it was a hit. It really did look great. Almost without fail, all the guests stopped to see what it was. 

 

507a
507

KA A 13 507

This is one of only eight cars that were finished in 1953. Was works demo (photo car). For sale in August 2004. Probably the oldes excisting Magnette. Read more...

571a
571

KA    571

last seen on ebay in 08/2006

4538a
4538

KA E 31 4538
Picture from the Swedish archive

13435a
13435

KA A 13 13435
Ebay 02/2005: car has been stored in a DRY garage for over 15 years

20751a
20751

South Africa KA _ _ 20751
I have recently acquired this Magnette and in the process of rebuilding her with engine (MGB 1800 conversion). See photos before I started to strip
Dean Leathern, Durban, South Africa

27740a
27740

 

KA H 5 27740
Here is a picture of a 1958 ZB currently for sale on "Trademe" (Kiwi equivalent of e-bay). The car is located in Helensville, about one hour north of Auckland. It also carries a plate "MGM 511 Motor Assemblies Ltd., Durban South Africa" . The chassis no. declares this Magnette as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) car. It looks as it was assembled in SA, then between 1958 and 1965 reimported to UK and then in 1965 imported to NZ from the UK. The car looks OK from a distance, but closer inspection reveals patches on the chassis and heaps of body filler in all the usual places.

 

31.10.1957_england ebay10_2007
90002

Seen on ebayin October 2007. Said it was built 31.10.1957

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weddingdear
40002

 

Attached is a photograph of my partner Margo's son Stuart and his bride Jennifer at their wedding in September 2003 at Culcreuch Castle, Fintry. The castle is located in the beautiful area of Central Scotland known as the Trossachs. Naturally Margo and I travelled to the wedding in the Magnette, and equally naturally it featured in the wedding photographs with the castle in the background. Isn't it amazing what a little wax and elbow grease can do for the appearance? (Of the car I mean!) For anyone who is interested, Stuart (who is a McPhaden) is wearing the tartan of the affiliated clan McLaine of Lochbuie with an Argyll jacket. Jennifer is stunning in two layers of ivory silk topped by a layer of ivory chiffon decorated with seed pearls. 
The '57 Magnette ZB was resplendent in six alternating coats of grey primer and Twilight Grey cellulose (none of which has concealed the persistent micro-blistering!)
Andy Dear

 

528
528

  KA C 33 528

Ex-Kopenhagen-Motor-Show Car(Denmark). Was Maroon with biscuit interior. Since 2000 under restoration by Paul Dalkov, proud owner of two other Varitones!
Here are pictures before the start of the restoration

572a
572

KA 572

ebay 01/2012
more pictures

4552a
4552

KA E 33 4552
Was for sale Oct. 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden. First registered 01.01.1955

13445a
13445

KA A 13 13445
News on the Magnette is that it is very sound - mechanically and structurally. I've put in new carpets, refurbished the door trim and woodwork and it looks terrific. I iintend to use it as my everyday transport
Stephen Hicks, London, UK

20804a
20804

KA LD 43 20804
Found on a junkyard in Saskaton/Saskatchewan  Canada by Jim Matthews

27743
27743

KA H 5 27743

Another CKD car assambled in Durban South Africa. The Motor Assemblies No. is MGM 514.
Owner is Keith Burton

 

 

180mev_ebay03_2007
90003

Reg. 180 MEV Seen on ebay in March 2007

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weddingchuck
40003

My lovely new wife, Bettye, is gently entering the car, and my three (most of the time) wonderful children, Cameron, Morgan, and Rhiannon are already in the back seat, ready to zoom off the the reception! Chuck Reece,USA

531a
531

KA    531

Ex-Motor Show of Amsterdam Car.  Scrapped 1980. Seen here in an unoriginal colour scheme, was Grey with grey interior.

barn1
589

KA A 13 589
A barn find in France in 2005. Read more...

4660a
4660

KA A 13 4660
First reg. 26.01.1955

13502a
13502

KA B 43 13502
Originally Grey with Red interior the car has been painted Black and reupholstered in original Red Leather.
It is owned by M Casquet in Orange, France

20927a
20927

KA J 13 20927
Jowett Philips from Leeds owns this car with full history.

27770a
27770

KA L 13 27770
Very standard ZB car, still with trafficators and engine just round the clock for the first time. Major components still original, ususal body restorations over the years. In our ownership since 1989, used for the school run when bringing up the kids and now earning its keep on 12 car historic regularity rallys.
Graham Mayes, Kent

243jmm
90004

Reg. 243 JMM.

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weddinghenk
40004

Henk Kroese from The Netherlands uses his ZA four or five times a year for weddings. His car wearing flowers and him a chaffeur hat...

628a
628

KA  628

Another one of the few non-quarterlight Magnettes. Was MOT'd just for the Golden Jubilee in 2005 by it's current owner. 

4678a
4678

KA E 23 4678
Car bought maybe for spares but too good to pull apart. Current colour maroon but was midgreen. I'm going to restore this in prpbably ivory colour with red interior.
Nick Baker, Australia

13540a
13540

KA E 43 13540
Veteran British marque collectors (Metropolitan, Morris, MG, Singer), Neal and Kathy Yates of New Hartford, CT recently acquired this 1956 ZA and declare, "it's a keeper!"

21003a
21003

KA B 43 21003
Kim from the USA bought this car from Terry Trovato of Natchez, Mississippi in August 2000 and had it shipped to Lynn, Massachusetts. Terry had the car from 1994 to 2000. He had bought it from the person who had restored it and had it shipped from Colorado. It is believed that the car was originally imported to Canada.

27790a
27790

KA LL 23 27790
In mid December 2012 a collection of five un-restored Magnettes, in the township of Bargo [about 100km South of Sydney], were in jeopardy of going to the metal recyclers. Not wishing so see these cars lost efforts were made to change the out come. Luckily,with quick foot work, things were averted and reference should be made to Brian Woolmer's 'Bargo' story as submitted to the MGCC Magnette Register WEB site.
Due to the generosity of those involved KALL 23/27790 came into my ownership. I had inspected this car, jammed in with others, under torchlight some time earlier and felt a serious attempt should be made to salvage this car and if possible restore it - although early negotiations, boldly initiated by Paul Vermont, had failed due to different expectations of the then owner [deceased estate] of the five Z types.
The attached picture shows KALL 23/27790 [at a rest stop not far from Gundagai] in transit back to Geelong. Basically its currently being assessed by: Cleaning up all the threads associated with mounting the panels correctly, Using the maintenance manuals reference and a plumb bob check for straightness; and Placing on a hoist to check extent of rust and any damage accrued over its life. At this stage: the plumb bob test indicated the body is straight; rust is significant [I dont believe terminal]; Damage to the body showed up with - tie bar {lower link to body - driver side} is bent with some localised under panel regression, plus the area under the passengers side A pillar has had an argument with something high profile [stump?] For Australia this car is a little unusual. It is a monotone ZBV and must have been originally destined for mainland Europe as the speed - o is calibrated in Kph. More assessment and checks need to be carried out as KALL should be saved.
from Loz Scott [13 Jan 2013]

255___
90005

reg. 255 ---

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trouwfoto
40005

Eddy & Petra Lepez from Belgium 

666a
666

KA 666

Another early Magnette that appeared on ebay in 9/2006. With air scoops that were an option then.

4742a
4742

KA J 13 4742

13670a
13670

KA A 13 13670
A very original car owned by Franky den Abt in Belgium

21130a
21130

KA PC 43 21130
This car belongs to Samuel Rinaldi.

27793a
27793

KA LL __ 27793
The first car on our website from Italy: a 1958 Varitone with upper and lower colour in black from new.
Mauro Annoni , Como, Italy

255_ahaebay 11_2006
90006

Reg. 255 AHA. Seen on ebay November 2006

cliveshelleywedding
40006

Clive and Frances Shelley, UK

739a
739

KA 739

First date reg 12-04-1954 , only 7 owners.

4767a
4767

KA C 23 4767
Ron Jillard brought his car out of the garage on a reasonable day in a Canberra winter.(Well looks much better than many of Europe's summer days). The car has an MGA engine, MG B MK 1 gearbox & overdrive No 4, and MG A 4.3 diff.

13681a
13681

KA B 13 13681
One of the Magnettes that still race nowadays! With 86 bhp at the rear axle a fun to drive. Was owned by Brian Chase/Germany, now restored and owned by Jörg Wilken.

21141
21141

KA PC 13 21141
We know nothing of this car other than the information yielded by its original RF60 log-book that a member spotted on e-bay in 2009. It was a home market Ivory/Autumn Gold Varitone supplied to its first owner in Sidmouth, Devon, UK on 25th March 1957. The last recorded change was to its fourth owner on 1st January 1972 when the car was still in Devon, though it had spent time with its second owner across the border in Somerset. It has never previously been known to the Register, which suggests that the log-book may be all that has survived. If you know anything more, please tell the Register.

27847
27847

KA BA 13 27847
One of Trevor Jones' cars

409mev_.19. 11. 1958 ebay 08_2007
90007

Reg. 409 MEV. Built 19.11.1958. Seen on ebay August 2007.

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wedding_cp
40007

Overdressed? Never! Peter Holzigel and Daniela from Germany only loaned their car to another wedding couple

750

From chassis # 750 the front door 1/4 glass was introduced

4776a
4776

KA _ 13 4776
Supplied and used around North Devon now based in Cornwall. The printed body no. excludes a colour reference (supplied in primer?) and was purchased by the current owners in the original cream paint, now re-sprayed twilight grey

13688a
13688

KA A 13 13688
Steve Wagoner's Magnette is a home market (RHD) car and in very solid shape with a nice interior. It hasn't been run in around 15 years. It was brought over here 15 years ago by the previous owner and then he got involved in a divorce- the car sat until he purchased it 3 years ago.  It still has its original
registration YPL416.

21150a
21150

KA PC 13 21150

27911
27911

KA B 43 27911
One of six Magnettes on a scrapyard in Arizona that were to be crushed at the end of July 2004

455ftc_classiccarsforsale.co.uk_04_2008
90008

Reg. 455 FTC. Was for sale on the net in April 2008
Advert said:
MG MAGNETTE Z RACER

ZB Magnette re-built as a racer with stripped interior, new laminated windscreen all others Lexan, new plumbed-in Lifeline extinguisher, ali foam filled fuel tank, all lines inside, all aeroquip incl fuel, oil cooler, uprated radiator, MGA discs, B calipers, adjustable Spax at front, adjustable AVOs at the rear (original cars were alll teles), Rigard seat, new wiring harness, new paint in BRG, newly chromed bumpers etc etc. At present has Ford T9 with new TranX SCCR gearset and 1950cc MGB engine with 45DCOE giving 160 bhp. Car will be sold without this engine, but we can supply another.

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weddingaussie
40008

Paul Bray and Peter Daley used their Magnettes as wedding cars for a wedding held at the historic 'Lanyon' station near Canberra, Australia. The cars generated a great deal of interest.

862a
862

KA 862

This Magnette was first registered on 17th of April 1954. Last seen on ebay in ebay 9/2005

4843a
4843

KA A 43 4843
This car was owned until mib 2010 by the first owner. Read the story....

13826a
13826

KA A 13 13826
For sale on ebay September 2003 and now in the hands of Kyle Allison

21198
21198

KA T 23 21198

Roger Pearce used this car for a rally Cape to Kairo in 2011.

27929a.1
27929

KA B 23 27929
Jo Reed of Victoria, Australia owns this car.

463 jmu
90009

Reg. 463 JMU

 

weddingotten
40009

Dieter Otten in Germany used his car fresh restored car for his own wedding.

927a
927

KA A 13 927
This car was rebuilt as a classic rally car from a wreck. Willy Cave, ex-works navigator, used this car 50 years after his first rally in a Magnette. More... 

4930a
4930

  KA C 33 4930
A Swedish Car spotted by Göron Jonsson.

13863a
13863

KA A 13 13863
I bought this car in 2004 - a 1500cc ZA. I have since fitted seat belts, disc brakes, flashing indicators, a 1900 MGB engine and a Ford type 9 5-speed gearbox, in order to use it as my everyday transport. It's original registration SHP 282 was transferred to another car long before I bought it.
Alastair Stevenson, UK

21199
21199

KA T 23 21199
 Johann van der Vath in South Africa owns this ZB, which seems to be used for weddings as well.

27915
27915

KA H 5 27915

One of the CKD cars assambled in Durban, SA

613uxe
90010

Reg. 613 UXE

weddingaverilanderson
40010

Pictured in the gardens of Craibstone College, Aberdeen, Bride & Groom, Averil and Robert were well pleased with Ian Hendry's 1958 Magnette Varitone, as their special car for their special day.

931a
931

KA 931

Under full nut and bolt restoration by Neil Golding.
This car was in a very poor condition when I collected it from a lock up in Birmingham. I have brought it down to Devon where it is being striped down for panel repairs and bare metal repray. I am documenting it's restoration with photographs and hope to supply it to a classic car magazine, as I would imagine it would make for a nice feature. It was built between 8th -14th April 1954 and was despatched 20th April 1954.

4936a
4936

KA C 33 4936
Per Malmros spotted this car for sale on the internet in May 2010

13870a
13870

KA A 13 13870
Ton Smits is the proud owner

21255

From chassis # 21255: Manumatic option available

27948
27948

KA L 43 27948

Michael Mitchell in California owns this car.

613uxe.1
90011

Reg. 613 UXE

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andyjo
40011

Z register committee member Andy Brock with his lovely wife Jo. Of course there were more Magnettes around (one can be seen in the background)

951a
951

KA 951

Was for sale in June 2003.

4981a
4981

KA A 23 4981
Acquired recently on generous terms from a club member , car is complete but requires a complete restoration, although corrosion is in check and these repairs are reasonably straightforward. Purchased by the previous owner six years previously with engine BP15GA5875. Now very faded Maroon, traces of the original gloss black may be evident around the ventilator box. Inner wing bears a P&R Williams, Sydney & Newcastle lubrication plate. Body stamp may be a typographical @ says: BMGA 4931. Has a full wooden dash rather than the expected tin-top. Andrew Bailey, NSW, Australia

13935
13935

KA D 13 13935

Keith Minister's Magnette

21246a
21246

KA LD 13 21246
Andrew McGees Magnette

27958
27958

KA L  13 27958

A nice restored car witk sliding roof!

668uxf_ebay03_2007
90012

Reg. 668 UXF. On ebay March 2007

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weddudo
40012

Udo Barthels from Germany owns his Magnette for many years now, but it was off the road for most of the time. Luckily some circumstandes in life bring some dynamic even into a restoration project! Note: they wear the MG colours brown and cream!!

1033a
1033

You have this car TPX 652 featured on E Bay 2007.I have now got the car back and am the second owner, being parted from her for some 10 years. She is slowly under restoration.
John Westbrook

4994a
4994

KA A 43 4994
'55 ZA rusting away in Loch Sheldrake N.Y.

13937
13937

KA D 23 13937

The first owner of this magnette was a docto, who imported her from england after his graduatearound 1960.  He still is a Prof. and teaching at siriraj hospital in Bangkok.  I work at the north of thailand. I saw her at a garage in good condition only the backlights are changed over from a VW Beetle. I was told the looks like nissan j15.
Mr. Saman Tantinavachal

21251a
21251

KA LD 43 21251
A restoration project found on ebay September 2002. Meanwhile belonging to Tony Barnhill. It's a '57 RHD Varitone that will be restored with wire wheel setup.