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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

13870a
13870

KA A 13 13870
Ton Smits is the proud owner

13935
13935

KA D 13 13935

Keith Minister's Magnette

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

13902a
13902

KA E 13 13902
Purchased this ZA on 28th September 2011. It was first registered in Jersey on 6th April 1956 and has remained in the Island throughout its life. I am the fifth owner. It was completely professionally restored by the owner prior to me, starting in 1996. Since then it has covered only 483 miles, so due to lack of use is presently being recommissioned. A truly magnificent example of this lovely model'.
John Doublet

14161a
14061

KA J 13 14061
A '56 Magnette running in Scotland, owned by Stewart Roy

14077a
14077

KA E 13 14077
Car was for sale on ebay in June 2003.

14099a
14099

KA E 13 14099
Seen on ebay in February 2010

14102a
14102

KA E 13 14102
I restored this Magnette in 1999. Including me, the car has had only three owners and lives in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, England.
Registration number is MBL 450 and people tell me that they have seen this number in books but of course cannot remember which book! I have seen MBL numbers on works MGA rally cars and Magnettes used as press demonstrators, perhaps someone could help with the early history of this car. Roger Dockray, UK

14132a
14132

KA A 13 14132
Registered in March 1956 in Melrose, it has spent all its life in Scotland until recently and retains its original Scottish number. It has had just six owners in total and only two since 1962.

14141a
14141

KA L 33 14141
First owner Marius Boel, father of EU agriculture commissionary Marianne Fisher Boel. Now belongs to Birgitte Reiter.

14192 a
14192

KA A 23 14192
Owned by an enthusiast in Sri Lanka

14206a
14206

KA A 13 14206
Present owner unknown.

14210a
14210

Portugal KA A 33 14210
Original Portugise car in original condition, owned by Jorge Lino.

14303a
14303

KA C 43 14303
One of three Magnettes on a junk yard in New Jersey, USA, found by Pete Wilson.

14357a
14357

uk KA J 13 14357
'962 APC was bought new by the Magnette Register chairman and president Dixon Morris. He kept it until his death in 2001. (read more about him) . The car was last seen on ebay in May 2007.

14373a
14373

Sweden KA A 33 14373
Picture from the old Swedish register archive.

14566a
14566

Sweden KA A 33 14566
Seen on Ebay in July 2005

14464a
14464

USA KA D 43 14464
Was on ebay in July 2002. It was then located in Washington, Missouri. .Last owner had this car for 40 years. Was adopted by George Phelps and is now being restored in Arlington, VA. Now in the hands of Glenn Johnson, Brooks, Fayette, Ga

14647
14647

KA C 33 14647

 

14688
14688

Unites States of America KA B 43 14688
I bought it three years ago in boxes - two previous owners had disassembled it and done some body work and applied an incorrect Varitone paint scheme. I assembled enough to get it operational and rebuilt the brakes and converted it with the help of the Hints and Tips section to negative ground and an alternator. I have to build a complete interior for it and I want to add a Hi-Gear 5 speed kit. My son and I are having a lot of fun with it now.

Since I registered my Magnette, I have completed building the 3-Main 1800 with a Derrington pattern cross-flow head and instlled the Hi-Gear Ford T9 transmission with an MGB 3.91 differential and added disk brakes. Recently, I was able to attend MG2016 at Louisville, KY US and park my Magnette in a group of 14 other Mangettes 

John D Perkins

14714a
14714

uk KA B 13 14714
Paul Batho owns his Magnette since the seventies and has done many trips with her. The picture shows his car with Celia Palmer, daughter of Gerald Palmer, who designed the Magnette, in front of her fathers house, which he also designed.

14758
14758

germany KA D 13 14758
Steel blue ZA with white roof. Looked much better than duotone sprayed none-Varitones! Scrapped by webmaster during winter 98/99.
During dismantling I found out that it wasn't too bad and was worth a reatoration. But too late...

14816a
14816

KA A 41 14816
Found on a junkyard in Saskaton/Saskatchewan  Canada by Jim Matthews

14846a
14846

Australia KA E 23 14846
My 1956 ZA is totally original with original motor, aircleaner and washer bottle. It was bought new in Sydney, Australia as a company car and I have the original invoice and all the books.  The car is used regularly on club outings.
Graham Hamilton,New South Wales,Australia

14848a
14848

Australia KA E 23 14848
Original car with the addition of a brake booster - Island Green (colour)- Recent restoration of structural components including floor, numerous mechanical components plus a renovated interior - Full registeration in Queensland Australia and enjoys engaging in family related activity, primarily when it does not rain :o)
Alan & Jennie Barnard, Australia

14933

From chassis # 14933: Illumination in clock introduced

14938a
14938

Sweden KA C 433 14938
Swedish car for sale in 6/2011, now in the hands of Harald Sonesson, Sweden. It is his 5th Z Magnette but the only one that is running!

15036
15036

uk  KA A 23 15036
Re-imported from South Africa in 1992. Now undergoing  rolling restoration here Lincolnshire at the farm workshop.
Phil Dean

15026
15026

KA C 43 15026

 

15057a
15057

Australia KA BJ 23 15057
Originally light grey over dark grey, repainted sage grey/green over dark green by 3rd owner in Tasmania circa 1970. Since then, has moved to New South Wales, Western Australia, & now South Australia where it takes part regularly in MGCCSA events. A very original car body and interior (other than colour change), and has probably only been around the clock once. Known as "Vera", to match "Varitone"! Its local South Australian registration no' is MGZB-58.

15150a
15150

uk KA B 13 15150
I have just been offered this car which is in a state of disrepair. It has been stripped of many parts many years ago, I have confirmed that this was before 1970 but cannot tell when, however the DVLA have a record of someone registering an MG Magnette with same registration (727APD) in 1982 and using till 1997, my chassis plate has been removed!! So read the number off the body stamping i think I've done it accurately but has been rusting for very long time. I need any information I can get to get this car back on the road, we all know how the DVLA are in cases like this! I suspect the other one is a ringer unfortunately!

15230a
15230

KA J 13 15230
John Hallidays ZA.

15296

From chassis # 15296 Front 1/4 light glass hinge points changed

15333a
15333

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

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

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

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

15503

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

15540a
15540

KA B 23 15540
Seen on ebay in 07/2007

15545

From chassis # 15545 Revised steering rack

15581
15581

KA E 13 15581

 

15720a
15720

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

Leonard Rolls, Wales, UK

15731a
15731

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

15821

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

15901
15901

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

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

15944a
15944

KA A 13 15944
The last remains: the original logbook

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

16100a
16100

KA C 23 16100
This car belongs to Michael Chard

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

16137a
16137

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

16139a
16139

KA J 13 16139
Car is in possition to begin restoration. I'm getting together parts I need and have made some progress with repair/restoration already.
Richars Wigley

16142a
16142

KA J 13 16142
Owen Frankland from UK owns this car since more than 20 years.
more...

16299
16299

KA D 23 16299

This car is located In Queensland/Australia and belongs to Alan Sheldon

16324a
16324

KA J 23 16324
1622 cc Mk III motor fitted
David Kelvin; NSW, Australia

16328a
16328

KA J 23 16328
See on ebay in 11/2005 restoration project

16339a
16339

KA J 13 1339
I have been a register member since June 1982 when I bought this Twilight Grey ZA from the original owner. Now I have owned the car longer than he did and added a few small adventures. The car was registered in Gosport where I bought it and has resided in the Worthing area since then. Restoration work was done by the Shortens in the late 80s and has served over the years both as family transport and of the focus of summer outings when our sons were small. In the 90s the car was seen regularly at register events when I served as first competition secretary then chair of the register. Her last overseas trip was to the Champagne region for our 25th anniversary, and we have added 10 more years of very little use since then! She doesn t get out much these days, but she makes a once a year pilgrimage to the Goodwood Revival in September, surely the biggest period fancy dress party in the world. The picture is from the 2009 event. Steve Adlem

16375a
16375

KA A 13 16375
Northumberland police car black/maroon prop. scrapped reg. KTY 563

16376a
16376

KA A 13 16376
This car belongs to Jose de Sousa in Portugal.It was converted for rallying and took part in the Peking-Paris Rally in 2007. Here is a full report....

16404a
16404

KA E 23 16404
Imported to Ireland  on 7th October 1998. Fitted with MGB 1.8L engine with overdrive.

16416a
16416

KA E 13 16416
Seen on ebay in 10/2005 with just two owners

16433a
16433

KA E 23 16433
Andrew Williams from Tasmania owns this car now

16464a
16464

KA G 23 16464
Seen on ebay Australia in 10/2011. Needs some work....

16493a
16493

16518a
16518

KA J 43 16518
Ebay 1/2010: "This car is original unrestored not running it needs complete restoration. The motor is not seized."
Looking at the stripes I guess the car had a hard life

16550
16550

KA D 23 16550

Located in Barcelona, Spain. It's a standard ZB with Varitone chrome trim. Looks as there are modern rear lights mounted.

16704
16704

KA A 23 16704

16722a
16722

KA A 13 16722
A photo of my Magnette taken some years ago, Unfortunately it has deteriorated over the years.
Colin Blake, Dorset,

16761a
16761

KA A 13 16761
Seen on ebay in April 2008

16772
16772

KA D 43 16772
One of six Magnettes on a scrapyard in Arizona that were to be crushed at the end of July 2004

16815a
16815

Seen on ebay in 03/2006

16865a
16865

KA A 13  16865
Seen on ebay in 05/2008:
Has been of f the road for over 13 yrs and has spent the last 13 yrs in a barn

17002a
17002

KA A 23 17002
Black 1956 car. Body beyond slavage. Good engine, gearbox, diff, mechnicals and a few pannels. A lot of parts were stored inside but the shell was outside and rusted badly. Was advertised for sale here a few years ago - has a multi-coloured bonnet in the ad. Being used as a donor to repower a 1953 Wolseley 4/44 (one of the first cars). Some parts I won't need have already been passed on to other Magnette owners.

17007a
17007

KA A 33 17007
This California-imported car recieved the price for the most remarkable restauration in 2004 in the Houten on 09.01.05. Owner is Piet Toxopeus

17011
17011

KA E 23 17011
RHD export model, only two owners

17021a
17021

KA A 43 17021
I bought the car for parts, but it is completely intact and it seems a shame to take it apart.. Dave Graham, Ottawa Canada

17078a
17078

KA A 23 17078
Seen on ebay in 12/2006

17204a
17204

KA A 33 17204
Despached from factory 6 June 1956. Two previous owner, first from new until 07-11-1983. Second owner used the car until 1987 and only coverd 1400 km. Göran Jonsson from Goteborg in Sweden  bought the car in February 2001.

17218a
17218

KA A 33 17218
Pedro Mendes from Valencia in Spain owns this nice original example.

17223

KA A 13 17223
Seen on ebay in 06/2005

17249a
17249

KA T 23 17249
This ZA turned up on the internet in Vitoria, Australia. The car sold for AU$1050.00 to unknown purchaser and seemed to be complete if not a little untidy. (5/2009)

17261a
17261

KA T 23 17261
The picture was taken on the Albula Pass (Canton of Grisons, Switzerland) at an altitude of about 2100 m. The car is an exellent climber and until now I never had problems with overheating, not even on the Stelvio, with more than 2800 m the peak of all European passes.
The car was first registred in Basel, Switzerland, on October 1st, 1956 as a RHD export version. During the fifties it was not unusual to drive RHD cars in Switzerland. The car always remained in Switzerland, having a extensive restauration in the early eighties. Since then the various previous owners did not use the car often, so it is still in perfect condition and very reliable.
Peter Kocher-Schnyder, Switzerland

17271a
17271

KA T 13 17271
After years of storage I've finially got a house with a garage again and have retrieved my ZA from a lockup.  I was given the car in about 1984 from someone in Farnborough in Hampshire.  I have restored most of the car and hope to complete witin the next years. First reg. 13 08 1956  Alan Grace

17276
17276

KA L 43 17276
Ex-california car. Imported to the Netherlands at the beginning of the 90's and resprayed in an interesting colour.

17325a
17325

KA A 33 17325
This '56 ZA was delievered to the Netherlands in 1956, where it stayed until today. The Dutch representative Henk Kroese is the third owner.

17329a
17329

KA A 33 17329
Owned by Östen Hammarström from Lerum

17464
17464

Sweden KA L 33 17464
One of Harald Sonesson's projects. Two other projects standing aside...

17449a
17449

KA L 23 17449
My ZA spent most of its life in Tasmania, but I have no further history.
David Keogh, Cornubia, Queensland, Australia.

17659a
17659

KA A 13 17659
Seen on ebay in 7/2007

17663
17663

KA A 13 17663O

original colour was Red but changed to Black sometime between Sep 83 and Aug 87 when it was off the road.

17664a
17664

KA B 13 17664
Excellent runner but going rotten when purchased in Horsham in 1969 and broken in Stow on the Wold for spares when the rot reached the spring hangers in 1977. The picture was taken in 1969 with a school friend and his dog.
Jeremy Woolley, London

17696a
17696

KAB 13 17696
Seen on ebay in 8/2004. First registered 1956 in Lincoln. It shows a good picture of semaphore indicators in use.

17758a
17758

KA L 43 17758
The car was an export model purchased in the UK by its original owner with the intention of exporting back to the US. I purchased the car from the estate of a wealthy doctor who used it as his summer car on Long Island, NY. I am its second owner. Apart from a re-spray it has never been restored. I guess he got tired of the original grey - I would too as it is a bit drab! The car was always pampered and has so little rust it's unbelievable. I won't ever restore it as I love the original patina, but now I too am thinking about a slight change of colour. Fashions change you know. Eric Wilson,Vancouver, BC,Canada
Now owned by Adrian Sawyer in Kemptville, Ontario, who is the fourth owner
Changed hands to Michael Middleton in 2014.

 

17791
17791

KA T 23 17791
ZA build on 3.7.56 and delievered to Australia, where it is now located in Queensland.

17802a
17802

KA T 32 17802
I am sending photos of the " before and after" restoration project of the MG. Actually I brought the MG back to its original condition and thereafter neglected it very unfortunately. I have however started the Re - Restoration of same and I hope to finish it and have it road worthy once again by the end of the year. You will see from the pic's it was a major job that I performed the first time round. This time however the magnitude is far less I am sure.
Gihan Salgado, Colombo, Sri Lanka

18014
18014

KA B 23 18014
This racing ZA is a 1955 modell owned by Martin Cutler from Sydney, Australia.
The car is coming out of Honda Corner on the now demolished Amaroo park raceway north west of Sydney. 
Only modifications for racing was to take off the hub cabs.

18026a
18026

Sweden KA J 23 18026
RHD,  imported to Sweden in 1997 but has not been in traffic for a couple of years.

18101

Between cars 18101 and 18577, a series of Hybrid ZA/ZBs werde built, as the new ZB modifications were introduced.  The hybrids incorporated all or some of the ZB improvements