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15333a
15333

KA C 23 15333
Ted Peel's Magnette in Queensland, Australia

22378a
22378

Sweden KA PC 33 22378
This Car was built 3-9 April 1957. Exterior in Ivory and Autumn Red and later repainted Black. It has not been in traffic for almost 40 years. It now has a new owner who will restore it.

29272a
29272

Ireland KA C 13 29272
Original 1500cc engine now fitted with overdrive gearbox from early MGB
Martin O'Brien.

salzburg
40045

Jörg Wiefler from Salzburg/Austria sent this nice photo, showing his són with his bride. Look at the number plate!

2435
2435

KA E 34 2435
Imported from the Dutch importer Molenaar.
First registerd 14.10.1954. Owner Jos van Tienen.

7360
7360

KA J 23 7360

One of Andy Knigths Magnettes in Australia

 

15378a
15378

KA C 43 15378
This ZA is owned by Roger Dawson in Vancouver, Canada and was previously from Saskatchewan.
Unfortunately the bottom six inches of the car has rusted away and it will be stripped for parts.

22404a
22404

  KA U 14 22404

29300a
29300

KA TA 23 29300
Bought in perth in 1996. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia. Bit by bit as finances allowed, bought allparts required. Stripped off paint but unfortunalety allowed surface rust to build up as I became busy with work.Will sell this car soon to other owner in our Magnette group.
Chris Gray, Perth, Western Australia

granrt
40046
I used my Magnette for a friends wedding last week, see the reg plate we fitted for the photos.

Grant Howlett

2480a
2480

KA A 23 2480
'54 ZA as found on a property on the outskirts of Sydney by Marty Cutler, who owns #18014. Going to be a parts car.

7415a
7415

KA E 23 7415
The picture was taken at a Motorist Appreciation Day rally. We received the perpetual, " Restorers Award " at our club presentation recently which was very exciting.
Lyle Constable, NSW, Australia

15380a
15380

KA C 33 15380
I found his car in october 2003 and found it worth buying. Today in a poor shape and with no engine or gearbox. Ideal donor car for my 15384. A bit too good to scrap though. Maybe in future fit an MGB engine. Time will tell. Per Malmros,Sweden

22413a
22413

KA A 43 22413
We've had this car for forty years and hate to part with it, but must do so. It is in Granby, Connecticut.  It is in tough shape now, having been stored for so long, but I'll bet that engine will still run. The rest may be only good for parts in the long run, but that depends on the eye and skills of the beholder. I hate to part it out, but may do so next month if there is no interest in it. Shudder at the thought- I have many happy memories of this auto.  Richhard Duggan

29308a
29308

KA B 23 29308
Another ZB in Down Under belonging to Rod Barret from NSW. The car was first registered  25.03.58 and toured over Europe before shipped to Australia. Rod restored her with a sporting feel, lowered suspension, minilite copy wheels, custom inlet and exhaust and a balanced and blueprinted engine.

austria
40047

 This picture shows the president of the MGOC Austria, titled "Proud father of the pride"...

2519a
2519

KA E 13 2519
Lars Tersmeden's pride.

7472a
7472

KA A 43 7472
ebay USA 9/2006

15384a
15384

KA C 33 15384
My father owned this car between the years 1961 and 1972. I was 8 years old and never forgot it. 31 years later I saw the beauty again and bought it. Very good body and original engine. Some work with the interior is on my list  
Per Malmros,Sweden

22456a
22456

  KA _ _ 22456
I have just startedrestoring my Magnette bodyshell. having had various repairs over the last 30 years I decided to start with a clean sheet of paper and had the shell stripped and dipped at Surface Processing Ltd in Dudley. They advertise in most of the classic mags. The result is interesting as all paint, filler, underseal and unfortunately lead is removed. The clean bare steel looks at first glance as if it has been galvanised, but in fact is coated with soluble oil to protect the bare steel while welding is completed. My shell has now revealed all its secrets. So you can guess the list - chassis sides and sills, lower rear wings- lots to do before a return visit to SPL for the E- primer, electrically charged,fully immersed and then oven baked. A system now used throughout the motor industry. Further reports to come as I make progress. John Beesley,

29310a
29310

KA B 23 29310 
Bought second hand from the original owner May 1970 with 95,000 miles on the clock for $450 car (200 pounds). This ZB was my first car at age 18. I still have it and its now got 197,000 miles on it. Resprayed in BRG in 1984.Some bodywork redone -chrome, new leather seats, rust removed and engine overhauled. Won Concors 1985. Since then used for going to work, weddings and fun with the MG club in South Australia.
Original owner was Mr Crawford of Glenelg SA who bought it to travel from Adelaide to his sheep ranch near Broken Hill 400 miles north east of the city. When I bought it, it had about 2 bucket fulls of red dust through the head lining and seats etc. Thirty years ago I taught my wife, sister in law and my sister, my son and others how to drive in it and its still going. Kevin Dixon, South Australia

finland
40048

A nice example of a ZA in Finland,restored and running. Unfortunately unregistered on the Magnette Register.
The first names of a couple are Jani and Meritta.

2576a
2576

KA A 23 2576
Was on ebayin  08/2011 in Kyabram, Victoria, Australia with Nissan gearbox but in need of full restoration.

7477a
7477

KA A 43 7477
"Ginty" spent most of his life in Sunny Southern California coming to BC in 2006. Ginty is equipped with a Roots type Supercharger, front disc brakes,  an alternator, and an MGA rear axle to cope with modern traffic conditions,  and he does so very well.....In Airsmoothed Style! Rich McKie
Update 07/2008: Ginty has now been fitted with 4 wheel disc brakes and MGA Twin-Cam wheels to resemble the development car that John Thornley drove as his personal car. I think it looks quite good!
More pictures...

15464a
15464

  KA A 33 15464
Sending you a picture of my MG ZA 1956 used in my daughter Ida's wedding last june. All the best from Norway 
Trygve Sandberg

22468
22468

KA J 13 22468

It was on display in a motor museum for 10 years up to 2005 and then for the last 10 years used lightly until i bought it. It is highly original throughout, and i love to drive it.

29321
29321

KA LD 13 29321
Now owned by Ken Wood

wroxall wedding
40049
I have a few pics of the Magnette with special number plate that I used for my daughters wedding at Wroxall this summer,
 
Cheers,
 
Yours saftey fast, Grant.
2592a
2592

KA A 33 2592
Jose de Sousa from Portugal bought this Magnette as a parts car

7558
7558

KA C 43 7558

15503

From Chassis # 15503 Jacking points changed from bumper brackets to centre of sill panel

22490a
22490

KA LD 43 22490
Bought car at a Palo Alto Ca. British car show from a man who lived in Sacramento, Ca.
Joel Johnson, CA, USA

29372a
29372

KA BJ 13 29372
This Varitone, known as "Yasmin", has been owned by Malcolm Eades since December 1972, so it's not so much car ownership as a deep personal relationship! Originally grey over grey, she was rebuilt in 1994 and resprayed beige over maroon. Originally used daily in the seventies, she now only comes out for pleasure trips. She gets around a bit so she has a 1622cc engine with a gearbox upgrade planned: she's been as far south as Umbria in Italy and as far north west as the Harz mountains in (East) Germany. She is also featured in Anders Clausager's MG Saloons as well as some magazine articles, one of them a very early Classic Cars feature, before she was restored, when she was used to show where all the rust comes through. Webmaster Günter's car was already restored then (by the late Bob Bonthrone) and was used in the same article to show how good the finished job looks.

2644a
2644

KA E 34 2644
For sale in Sweden April 2012 in running order with an engine problem.

7580
7580

KA E 13 7580

I have just acquired a 1955 ZA Magnette.It was on ebay described as an abandoned restoration project and whilst not quite a bare rolling shell it came with most parts detached - even the (MGB) engine and gearbox were just sitting on the cross members.I doubt that it has been driven for years.I must now audit the components and try and find any missing items - back to ebay !
The current (UK) registration plate is OSK 686, but this is not its original one.
 
The total mileage is recorded as 17546, but of course this could be 117546.  However the seats are hardly worn (the best preserved part of the car) so it just might be true.
15540a
15540

KA B 23 15540
Seen on ebay in 07/2007

22519a
22519

KA E 34 22519
The car was rebiult 15 years ago and is still in good condition. The engine is still original. Runs reliably on the MG-meetings. Last winter I changed the diff. from 4,875 to 4,3. Makes the driving in 80-90 km/h comfortable. The picture is from a meeting this year together with my brother's MG TD. I am the 9th owner since the first registration the 13 October
1954 in Norrköping, Lars Tersmeden Sweden

29394a
29394

KA BJ 13 29394
My Uncle was the previous owner.
The car has been extensively renovated and is still on the road.George Hewson, Stafford, UK

2680a
2680

KAJ 24 2680
Ebay9/2005: This little saloon is enamelled in Charcoal Grey metallic with red contrasting interior. Is registered in NSW. Showing 18,750 miles on the odometer and manual in transmission. Placed 2nd in the Concourse Category at the M.G. Meet in Warwick, QLD, 2004. It is also fitted with the Mark III engine (i.e 1600cc). Now in the hands of Francis Borg

policea.2
7627

KA A 13 7627
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

15545

From chassis # 15545 Revised steering rack

22522
22522

KA CC 33 22522

This car was first registered in Sweden on 19.11.57 It was repainted with spraynozzle associated Electrolux vaccum cleaner in BMC original color during the sixtees. Owner since 1998 Anders Bäcklund

29424a
29424

KA J 43 29424
This is an early '58 ZB from Canada. The car has been restored very nicely but not to the original colour, plus a newly rebiult 1600cc engine. Wire wheels and white wall tyres give the special touch

2704
2704

KA A 23 2704

Located in Tasmanis

policea.3
7628

KA A 13 7628
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

15581
15581

KA E 13 15581

 

22523a
22523

KA CC 33 22523
Car sold in Lidköping / Sweden to Mr Carl Magnusson. Old reg. nr. in Sweden R38897. Belonging to Mikael Falk of Belgium since summer 2004.

29545a
29545

KA LA 43 29545
Purchased in Kelowna, BC by Alistair Bairos; uncertain re prior owners but believe carspent its entire life in
central British Columbia. Now on Hawaii

2719
2719

KA E 24 2719

Two ZA Magnettes lay in the backyard of a Northern Suburb of Melbourne - its now Jan 2014.Each car's rear window seals had failed completely allowing the rear window to fall inside; probably many years ago.  The owner now in hospital had left these Magnettes [ only the Early ZA tin top shown here]
in the Backyard for over 30 years. Rust was very,very advanced. This ZA Magnette [ Chassis No KAE 24/2719] could not be saved due to its state, lack of time [property sold] and steep cluttered access.
Paul Vermont retains the chassis plate for this lost Magnette

                     from Loz Scott

7652a
7652

KA A 23 7652
First reg. Sept. 1955. Delivered by Lane's Motors Ltd of Melborne with serial numbered plaque in passenger side footwell. In dry storage from 1976 to Dec 1999 by original owner. Purchased by myself as a proud second owner, and carefully restored. The car now has flashing indicators for safety reasons. Engine upgraded to 1622cc plus a 4:3 Diff ratio and with ZB carbs / air inlet equipment
John Russell, Melbourne, Australia.

15720a
15720

KA A 13 15720
1800 Engine fitted, 5 Speed conversion (Type 9 Sierra gearbox), Electronic Ignition Fitted.

Leonard Rolls, Wales, UK

22543a
22543

Netherlands KA _ _ 22543
Imported from Belgium in 1999, now in the Netherlands in the hands of Kees Wagemans.

29618
29618

KA A 13

This car belonged to my grandfather for many years he was in the Motor trade all his life and when he gave up driving it was sold.
This picture is displayed in our Service Reception At Browne And Sons (Loddon) Ltd and i get asked by many of our customers if i know where it is now.

2725a
2725

KA E 14 2725
Seen on ebay in 08/2005

7660a
7660

KA A 23 7660
Warren Marsh handing over the key to Robert Schmitz from Bamberg/Germany. He bought th car in 2000 and imported it to Germany.

15731a
15731

KA D 23 15731
Seen on ebay in spring 2010, Berwick, Victoria, Australia

22628a
22628

KA T 33 22628
Purchased on eBay 12/2003 along with ZB Varitone KALA43 21266. Condition very rough, floors gone, but may help in restoration of the Varitone Scott Everett, New York, USA

29659a
29659

KA H 5 29659
Car built in Durban South Africa in 1957 -imported to UK in 1962. Was laid up in early 1990`s and I have just recommissioned it having just got it an MOT
Terence Clark, East Sussex

2747a
2747

Sweden KA E 33 2747
For sale in June 2011. Needs restoration.

7670
7670

KA A 43 7670

Located a a dutch classic car dealer in 3/2016

15821

Between chassi # 15821/15908 Bonnet stay replaces torsion-bar support

22648a
22648

KA J 13 22648
Seen on ebay in September 2007
This car was so rotten that I didn't buy it as a donor car! Perhaps I could get it for free but it was too bad.

29727a
29727

KA BB 13 29727
SOONISH............... to have a MGB 1800cm3 + Sierra 5 speed with discs brakes & 3.9 diff`. Just also bought some TR6 steel wheels!
Chris Hobden

2783a
2783

KA J 14 2783
One previous owner, car totally complete and is a runner but needs restoration
Brian Melville, England

7723a
7723

KA C 23 7723
My newly acquired MG Magnette ZA 1955.I am the fourth owner of this vehicle which has spent  it life up to now in the Australian country city of Goulburn  south of Sydney. Purchased in August 2004  and relocated to Canberra. Only modification is the installation of a 1622cc motor by an unknown previous owner. Member of the MG CC Canberra.
Graham Gittins, Australia

15901
15901

KA A 13 15901
In regular use
Paddy Reardon, Calne, Wiltshire

22696
22696

KA BJ 13 22696
This Varitone has been converted to a Convertible and looks even without a hood fabulous!

29734a
29734

KA A 43 29734
David F. Darby's ZB at a recent family camping trip. Missouri,USA,

2793a
2793

KA J 23 2793
Now fitted with a 1800 engine, needs a lot of TLC, will restore body fair, interior excellent due to retoration of same. Runs well.
Grahame Peacock, Australia

7672
7672

KA A 33 7672

 

15828a
15828

KA D 23 15828
'The car spent its early life in South Africa returning to England in 1961 on The Rhodesia Castle.  It has had several owners coming to us for restoration in March 2003. Fred & Sue Baverstock

22704a
22704

KA BA 43 22704
Maroon and Black Varitone paint. Was in Colorado in the early 1970s and then stored in a Minnesota barn until July 2006. Needs extensive restoration work. Now belongs to John Gunnell, a car collector, automotive writer, historian and editor.

29778
29778

KA H 5 29778

 

2801a
2801

KA A 13 2801

7760a
7760

KA J 43 7760
The remains of a Magnette on Hawaii. Will start a new life as show car with frame and Chevy V8. More...

15944a
15944

KA A 13 15944
The last remains: the original logbook

22705a
22705

KA RG 13 22705
A very sad looking car that was advertised to give away for free but probably is scrapped now.

29787a
29787

KA TU 13 29787
The photo shows the only RHD ZBV in North America that we can find in front of the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia. The bride and groom wanted to arrive in her instead of the limo which followed with the bridal party.
The car is now in the hands of Randell Kegg, Maryland, USA

2860b
2860

KA E 13 2860
She was registered 15.10.54 and dispite appearances is roadworthy and MOT'd. I am almost finished the repaint, only the passenger door and boot to do.
Lloyd Cochraine

7790
7790

KA E 23 7790

Bought new by Mr Lim of Penang on 5th Sept 1955, sold to a Mr. Kelly on 2nd July 1977 who was stationed at the Butterfield AirForce Base. Arrived in Melbourne Australia on 7th January 1980. It turned up in Sydney for sale in 1986 as a restoration project. It was bought by Mr. Baker from Ulladulla NSW, restored over the next couple of years. Was issued "Club Plate 007" in 1990 and sold locally in 1994 to a Mr. Walpole . I purchased the car in 2012 and was issued the plates as pictured. The car is original, is in need of a little work. The hockey strips are still in Penang next to a gate post.

16011a
16011

KA J 23 16011
Car was daily transport until 2002. Has had recent engine and gearbox overaul. Needs some mechanical attention but mostly some tlc a a "tidy up".
Tristan Abbott, Tasmania,Australia

22720a
22720

KA BB 33 22720
The car has got three previous owners  and has not been in traffic since 1976. I bought it in 1996 and I'm rrestoring it (slowly) since then. The car was in a very bad shape but almost complete,the only thing done with it in the past was a respray in a different color in the early 70`s.
It's finally time to update the info on my car, that has been under restoration for the past thirteen years. I'm now happy to tell you that the car is out on the road again for the first time since 1976. The engine has been replaced to an 1800 cc Morris MarinaTC engine since the original engine gave up it's breath during the first test run this year. A sudden short loss of oil pressure and all that work was for nothing...Also fitted with some nice 17" wheels...
 Mikael Thungren, Sweden

29790
29790

KA BJ __ 29790

 

2948a
2948

KA J 13 2948
First registered on 02.02.1955 now belonging to George Hunt, GB

7814a
7814

KA A 13 7814
Andy Brocks ZA.

16100a
16100

KA C 23 16100
This car belongs to Michael Chard

22738

From chassis # 22738: Accelerator cable changed again

29800a
29800

KA LL 33 29800
An old photograph from the Swedish register archiv.

2956a
2956

KA J 13 2956
Very original vehicle, Taxed and Mot'd 30 years with one owner. Some restoration work done by second owner, recent engine rebuild by third owner. A joy to drive. A sound car but with some wrinkles, rather like its new (4th)owner. Michael Devenish, bath, UK

7832a
7832

KA E 23 7832
This Magnette was originally delivered to France, where it still remains.

16101a
16101


I rescued this from a farm where it was being used as a paddock bomb  The body is remarkably good with minor rust.  It is missing the back seat ( for carring the dogs) and I am unsure what make/model the engine is.  Lachlan Story
Car appeared on ebay 06/2009. Meanwhile it has been a project,converted to a 2 door sedan but unfinished has a 4 cylinder Sigma engine and gearbox and is running

22751
22751

KA L  13 22751

One Family owned car from new until 2010. Stored from 1994 until 2010 when I purchased. Two years restoration with incl. disc brakes, indicatoers and seat bealts.Two tone paint in steel blue and mineral blue. Not original as it's not a Varitone, but looks great. Now in the hands of Roger Mayes.

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29847

KA BB 23 29847

You may think this is the wrong car in this gallery, but this car started as a Magnette and is "rebodied". Read the full story...

2980a
2980

KA E 23 2980
I am the 7th owner. Purchased in 1991 with 125,000 miles on the clock. Rarely used, and lives in a nice new shed on my country property. Note the personalised number plate   MGZA
Valentine Venimore, New Zealand

7846a
7846

KA A 13 7846
I purchased this car on the 4th December 201. The car is unbelievably solid underneath and all round and has escaped the ravages of time. Leather interior is all original and there are just 40800 genuine miles on the clock. Previous owner had a wire wheel conversion in the 80's and mounted a wood rimmed steering wheel ...no forgiveness for the steering wheel and I am in the process of converting back to an original wheel. Trafficators all work superbly and there are no flashing indicator lights. There has also been an alternator and negative earth conversion to which I will be reversing back to dynamo and positive earth.
David Holland

16137a
16137

  KA J 13 16137
David Harrison's ZA. His wife has her first Magnette in 1958!

22809a
22809

KA TE 43 22809
Was until 1970 in first owners hands, then the son took over. But he lost interest. Was on ebay 10/2004. Now in Louisiana.
Won best of show 2010, British Motoring Club New Orleans. Took 2nd place at NAMGAR GT 35 at Lake Delavan, WI. 2010, after restoration by Cliff Hughes

29848a
29848

KA CC 33 29848
A Swedish single coloured Varitone spotted by Göran Jonsson.

2994

Speedometer  changed

7876a
7876

KA A 33 7876
An early ZA with an interesting history: It was owned for several years by nons in Portugal. The car is owned by a Porrtugiese Doctor who works in Germany. But the car still resists in Portugal.