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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

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

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.

22543a
22543

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

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

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.

22696
22696

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

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.

22705a
22705

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

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

22738

From chassis # 22738: Accelerator cable changed again

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.

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

22850
22850

KA PC 13 22850
John Brumpton's Varitone after a several years restoration.

22856
22856

KA PC 13 22856
First registered May 57 sold by Universal motors grosvenor square London been off road between 1982 - 2011 spent most of its time in London Oxford and South

22861a
22861

KA PA 43 22861
A '57 ZB Varitone Magnette for sale in Tucson, Arizona. Apparently it lived in Nogales, Az just across the border from Mexico. Rust in all the right places - not too bad except rockers -  Damaged glove box and upper dash. Rough paint, but is the original (Ivory over black). Interior is rough. 

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22867

KA A 13 22867
Essex Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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22868

KA A 13 22868
Essex Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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22869

KA A 13 22869
Essex Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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

22878a
22878

KA A 43 22878
This car has been under a prolonged restoration with three past owners running out of time.  It is now owned by Adrian H-Sawyer in Kemptville, Ontario for the next stage of work before being roadworthy once more.

22905
22905

KA B 13 22905

Owner of this ZB is James Dean.

22976
22976

KA PA 23 22976

My car is build in May 1957 and exported to Denmark 14th. of May 57.  First registration 29/6-1957 problably in Copenhagen area as the MG importer (DOMI) had the head office there.  So it is LHD. from new.  Ivory over Black with Maroon trim (interior).  I bought the car in late 1981 and began the restoration same time. Registrated by me 12/6-1985
Jörn Rasmussen

22988a
22988

KA TT 43 22988
Named "Geraldine" in honor of her designer. A LHD ZBV originally sold in California, in the hands of David Lively of Sacramento, California from 1983 until 2001; sold to Dewey Davis  of Little Rock Arkansas on 10 December 2001; and to me on 10 June 2002. This car features a 5-main MGB engine,Datsun 280Z 5-speed transmission, and MGB 3.9 rear axle. No longer in its original monotone color scheme, it is now in a correct ivory/autumn red color scheme. Allen Bachelder, New Castle, Virginia, USA.

23011a
23011

KA A 13 23011
Very low milage Magnette (3rd owner). Original paintwork,sills and interior,no rust ever real timewarp 25000 miles from new.
Tim Rose, Hampshire

23028a
23028

KA B 23 23028
It was first purchased by a lady who lived in Paris. It was first registered in Abingdon and sent over to Paris and was driven by an Aunt of ours who worked for it’s owner, who was an English ex-pat – hence the RHD. It was re-registered in France and as far as I know had French registration plates fitted. When the lady died, my Aunt inherited the car and eventually bought it home to Sidmouth where she was based in the UK. My Aunt wanted to use the car – it was still very serviceable – and so had to register it again for UK use. I recall that she could not get the old UK number back on the car and so was given an ‘M’ suffix plate.
My Dad had his own garage in Staffordshire and was very interested in the car. He asked my Aunt to give him first refusal should she ever wish to part with it and she agreed. I think it was in late 1981 that he eventually purchased the car from her, I do not know how much he paid for it. I was 20 or so at the time and was – as I still am - interested in cars.
I recall the car being in basically very sound condition. I think it needed some welding underneath, but no paint work. As it had been run and used all its life it showed signs of age but nothing serious. We (Dad and I did much of the work on Saturday afternoons together) had new carpets made, they were a good quality ‘wilton’ made by a local coach trimmer. We took off various black painted parts – the airbox etc – and sent them to be stove enamelled. The rear bumper was a bit bent and along with the irons, had to put back into shape, I think it and the front were re-chromed as well. We took the radiator shell to Sheffield to have a dent knocked out and re-plated. All pretty much standard fayre for a car of that era that had been in daily use for 25 years.
I do remember that when I took the carpets out of the boot, the original pressed aluminium number plates (from Abingdon) were sandwiched between the carpet and the sound proofing felt and that they had left an imprint in the carpet. I don’t recall what happened to them.
Dad could not get the original number back from DVLA by then and so found an old Triumph Herald that was a rust bucket and took the number off that. Dad’s name was Neville Taylor.
The photos attached are from June 1982, That is Dad and a very longstanding employee at his garage.  It was a lovely solid car to drive, it had the original radio in it with light and a needle and what felt like damped knobs. It was not concours but it was a lovely clean and honest car to take out on high days and holidays. Dad died in late 1983 we sold the car a man in Cheltenham. David Taylor

23046a
23046

KA C 13 23046
Older restoration. Was for sale spring 2002. Now the pride of Barry Alexander, Devizes, UK

23080
23080

KATE 43 23080

Restoration project of garon Curtis.

23108
23108

KA BJ 13 23108

1800cc 5 Bearing Engine: 5 Speed Gearbox: Front Disc Brakes: Rear Indicators

23152a
23152

KA A 33 23152
Dr. Furnato from Tokyo own this car.

23180a
23180

Luxembourg KA L 23 23180
For sale in Luxembourg 2009. Original home-market car

23228a
23228

KA A 43 23228
A 1957 ZB. An absolutely rust-free Western car (southern California and Arizona) that was restored with a rebuilt original engine. It has a lower-gear-ratio MGA rear for better highway cruising but it still accelerates nicely.

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23244

KA L 43 23244
California car off the road for 18 years. It is in the process of restoration, I hope to sort the mechanicals and get it repainted before too long. I have learned from the website
Rodger Shaver, ID, USA

23247
23247

KA L 43 23247
1957 MG Magnette Street Rod - Mild Custom
Read more....

23256
23256

KA B 23 23256

The previous owner named the car "Princess" - rebuilt circa 2000. Now owned by Margie Rowley.

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23266

KA B 43 23266
California Magnette was a light grey, underwent 'restoration' in 70's. Has wires and disks, engine on bench with 1800 head and carbs. Looking for passenger side fender chrome and glove box. Not sure what color it'll be, but not brown or grey ! Lee Brannen,USA

23317
23317

KA BA 13 23317


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23454

Sri Lanka KA LD 23 23454
Car was purchased in the UK & taken over to Singapore when the 1st owner was transferred there. He then came over to Sri Lanka in 1972 and brought the car with him. My father bought the car when the owner was returning to the UK in 1978 & was transferred to me in 1997. No non standard modifications. The car is in pretty good shape with all original fittings & used on a regular basis.
Nishad Wijetunga, Sri Lanka

23463a
23463

KA LA 43 23463
The car spent almost its entire life in southern California but is now here in Florida.  The body is rust and dent-free but the car needs wiring and a clutch to be back on the road.  Lots of compliments from my neighbors who see it in my garage!  Jim Basque

23472a
23472

KA BJ 43 23472
I got lucky. In looking for a parts car I came up with one straighter and more complete than my original.  Plan to make one beauty out of the two.   Gene deRuelle Reno, Nevada

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23479

  KA BJ 43 23479
This Magnette was last on the road in 1968 and has less than 35000 original miles. It is a Varitone, and I think its a 1957.  I really looking forward to restoring this car to its former glory.
Gene deRuelle, Reno, Nevada

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23521

South Africa KA H 5 23521
No. 354 Motor Assemblies Ltd., Durban, South Africa
Complete restoration July 2010 to July 2011 with the following changes:

- ZB in Varitone look, colors are modern 2 pack from a Mitsubishi Color Chart, wheels powder coated.
- Converted to indicators with period Lucas lights,  in place of the missing trafficators mounting points for safety belts were welded in.
- Engine and drivetrain and brakes are stock, although a 5-speed gearbox conversion is on the cards.
- Handbreak lever moved backwards 4 inches to accommodate longer gear boxes. The cable runs now inside the gearbox tunnel.
- Interior rebuild with leather faced front seats and the rest in matching Vinyl. Non original contrast piping.
- Clock rebuild with Quartz movement, using he original face and housing.
- Period style push-button radio with speakers, hidden under the rear window parcel shelf.
- Conversion to negative earth.
- New tank with increased capacity (52 l) in the original place.
- Spare wheel hidden under the boot floor.

more pictures here... Heinrich Koncki.

23540a
23540

KA L 23 23540
The Magnette was restored from a wreck about three years ago. Its an original Canadian import, Left hand Drive. Now fitted with an MGB engine. Brakes take a lot of effort otherwise drives extremely well. I have two other oldtimers here in British Columbia: Riley RME and Jag. E Type Series 1 4.2.   Chris Masterman

23633a
23633

KA BJ 13 23633
Bought in Perth in 2006 as fortune improved and as it was licenced, it seemed a good way to get a Magnette to drive in, at short order.
Chris Gray, Perth, Western Australia

23636
23636

KA BA 23636

WDV327 (original regno) has 7 previous owners the last having carried a restoration in 2009. The works were in part reported in Classic Car Mart magazine. First reg. 18/07/1957

23644a
23644

KA PC 33 23644
The only car we are aware of in the Dominican Republic. It belongs to Francisco Then Tobal in Sto. Domingo.

23660a
23660

KA CC 13 23660
Owned by Dave Newland of Romford, Essex.
Restored between 1996/99 in a lock up garage, and fitted with an MGB engine.

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23662

  KA CC 13 23662
This car has been owned by Tim Greg for 3 years now, bought from Phil Hipkiss.Was originally single colour now Varitone. Much mechanical work carried out since. Now it belongs to Barrie Jarvis, Cornwall.

23704a
23704

KA CC 33 23704
Owned by Karl Erik Andersson from Romelanda, Sweden.

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23749

France KA _ _ 23749

A Magnette under restoration dans la Normandie, Northern France.
Pascal Pignolet

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KA TA 13 23788
This shot was taken at the HERO's Third Classic Malts Scottish Reliability Trial in 2000,  showing Denis & Penny Robson in their ZBV. The location is the Inverfarigaig Corkscrew.
Photo by John Brown

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KA LA 13 23815
Bought in Luton in 1977 (replacement for KAAB/17664) for £120
and used regularly until the mid '80s when a combination of mechanical
and rot in the usual places obliged me to abandon it in a Welsh barn
when I got a job London. The Pembrokeshire weather has not been kind
to it and sadly and to my shame it is now unrecoverable.
Jeremy Woolley, London

23864a
23864

KA PA 43 23864
Current owner Michael Arnold asked the previous owner 20 years ago to sell him this car. Now he bought it.

23871
23871

KA A 23 23871

One of Andy Knights Magnettes in Australa

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23872


Seen on ebay in 02/2006

23875a
23875

KA A _ 23875
Stuart Batten's Magnette

23887
23887

KA J 23 23887
A '57 ZB used as a daily driver by Paul Lupton in Australia. The picture was taken in Canberra at the flag court of their Federal Parliament grounds.

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23889

KA J 23 23889
Was originally grey, but was repainted green when the previous owner undertook refurbishment work several years ago.
Paul Bray, Australia

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23891

KA J 23 23891
When I purchased the car, it had a three cylinder Australian Morris Major Elite engine, and a gearbox of unknown MG origin that was not much better (the previous owner had fitted it, as it had a worn out Major Elite gearbox fitted when he bought it. At this stage I intend fitting an 1800cc engine and five speed toyota box, plus rebuilding the diff, front & rear suspension and the steering. (I wonder if this is why it was cheap?) Methew French

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23901

KA TE 33 23901
Danish car. Just finished restoration. Only 2 owners. Most everything original, from motor to tool-set. Manumatic later removed. Also belongs to Paul Dalkov

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23916

KA BJ 43 23916
This sedan was for sale. Have a look at the website of Marty Ray.This car is now happily owned by Eric Baker of Oakland CA USA

23917a
23917

KA BJ 43 23917
It's one of those manumatic Magnettes that haven't been converted-back. Recent barn find, previous owner claimed manumatic worked when parked ;). it has been rolled out of the barn for inspection, usual rust...maybe more, will require much metal fabrication. obvious repaint.
Scott Potter, Texas

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23938

 

KA T 23 23938
This Magnette started life as a  Premier Motors showroom/demonstrator car in 'island green in  September 1957 until it was sold a year later.I bought the car in 1971 for AU$ 60.00 (!) with  99,900 miles on the clock and rusty sills& trunk floor and a holed no.4 piston.
I restored it from 1971 - 1974 fitting a 5 bearing MGB motor, ported head, 25/65 cam & fully balanced with extractor and 4.3:1 MGA diff, stainless steel brake cylinder sleeves, 5.5" wide wheel rims etc. Painted it metallic gunmetal grey and used it as regular every day transport right up to 2004 (30years) including many long trips (one to Tasmania) - still hack it 2-4 days a week. Have replaced all wearing parts at least once ...except diff which is untouched in that time. Fitted brake booster in 1986 & stripped to bare metal & painted 2 pack 'vintage red' in 1989. In 1997, I decided to join Historic Racing car club & explore its potential, lowered 40mm & fitted front 22 mm dia. anti sway bar, with adjustable Pedders shocks, with side exit sports exhaust (sounds fantastic). Have competed each year since then, in at least 15 sprint/hillclimb/track regularity events, placing in class 95% of time, and having great fun, the car is extremely reliable and has turned 6000rpm in top (102mph)- standing 1/4 mile=18sec. Handles very well if a bit heavy, fitted Yokohama 'Advanx' R032 race tyres last year & improved all times 5/6%, but cracked 2 wheels, so have recently fitted 6" wide 'Superlite' cast alloy wheels (look great). Still love the look of the classic ZB Magnette even after 35 years and the sons will inherit it!
George Diggles, Queensland. Australia

 

23947a
23947

KA T 23 23947
Last on the road in 1998 and now need a restoration.

23949
23949

KA T 23 23949

Purchased in 1982 in a crash damaged condition. Totally restored and re-registered in 2004. Modifications include 3.9 Austin Freeway diff, front anti roll bar,air cleaner mod as per register

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23955

KA L 23 23955
NGC726 '57 ZB sold 18/7/58 to Ron & Joyce Stenhouse (now aged 80) by Carlisle Motors, Mackay, Queensland, (where I was an apprentice Motor Mechanic). Now back to it's former Glory.Ron donated the original Sales Invoice, Sales Brochure, Service/Instruction book,Warranty /Heater instruction card,Workshop/Parts manual ,original valve radio and the original spare tyre(15 miles use) in the boot. It was the only car Ron never traded on his next purchase. I bought the car in '97.  Col Robinson

NGC726 '57 ZB sold 18/7/58 to Ron & Joyce Stenhouse (now aged 80) by Carlisle Motors, Mackay, Queensland, (where I was an apprentice Motor Mechanic). Now back to it's former Glory.Ron donated the original Sales Invoice, Sales Brochure, Service/Instruction book,Warranty /Heater instruction card,Workshop/Parts manual ,original valve radio and the original spare tyre(15 miles use) in the boot. It was the only car Ron never traded on his next purchase. I bought the car in '97.  Col Robinson

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23975

KA L 13  23975
5 former keepers. Vehicle is in good , solid  condition and in everyday use.It was on ebay June 2003, then belonging to Barbara Williams

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23993

KA BJ 13 23993
Clive Shelley's Varitone - Had it 4 years, daily use car. Very original and no mods. 47K miles. All works, drives great.

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24005

  KA PA 13 24005
Ivory/Black Varitone owned by Committee memeber Alan Slack, Portsmouth

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KA J 13 24085
This Magnette is painted in Varitone-style and wears the original straight ZB chrome plus the Varitone chrome and has wire wheels.

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Seen on ebay in 8/2008

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24152

KA BA 13 24152
This Varitone is very very rusty - and breaking for spares - I sent a photo from the rear showing the re located number plate as this car has a tow hitch fitted. Was owned by a Devon garage owner until his recent retirement. Vehicle is fitted with an altitude meter and compass for the more adventurous driver !!! 
Gobby, Cornwall, UK

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24163

KA L 23 24163
Seen on ebay in 1/2012 in NSW

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KA A 13 24223
Not a great image - this is the car emerging from six years in storage - but it's the best I've got at the moment!
Alastair Clements

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KA J 13 24234
I purchased the car in July 2012
Ian Cox

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KA BJ 13 24261
Registered on 25.07.57 this ZB was bought in 1996 by Peter Bonthrone from Wallingford, Oxon. The smaller version hand-build based on a go-cart. More details here. (Peter grew up with Magnettes. When he was a young boy his  stepfather owned two Magnettes. One was scrapped, the other one belong to the webmaster now)

24307
24307

KA L  33 24307

For sale in Sweden in 6/2013. Now in Northern Germany owned by Adam Elmholdt.

24316
24316

KA PC 43 24316
Was on ebay in 04/2005. Still for sale at a Texas dealer in 03/2009.On auction in Houston 10/2009, sold to Canada and has now undergone  a full restoration, including an 1800 transplant. The car resides on Vancouver Island BC Canada.

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24385

KA C 43 24385
Keith Holdsworth's ZB from Toronto, Canada.

24486
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KA J 23 24486

Informed that it was imported to South Australia by an executive of ES Wigg & Sons (Stationers). Owned for past 12 years by a resident of Mt Pleasant. Brake servo, updated ignition, 3.9 final drive.

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KA A 23 24490
Seen ebay in 10/2006 Melbourne, AUS

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24511

KA LD 13 24511
Seen on ebay in 12/05

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24546

KA T 43 24546
This green Magnette has effectively been scrapped by Trevor Boicy. See # 22878.

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24560

KA T 23 24560
Seen on ebay in 05/2005

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24596

KA LB 13 24596
Alive and well and living in my garage!
Robin Enticknap, Hampshire,England

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24614

KA A 13 24614
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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KA BJ 13 24620

Been in the family for most of its life. Failed MOT in April 1980 and has been dry stored ever since. Brought to Derby in March 2012 with aim of getting it back on the road Spring 2013. Derek Crocker

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KA A 13 24677
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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KA L 13 24741
The car has been off the road for 30 years last registered in 1980. I am the 3rd owner, it has had extensive work done but has no MOT , hopefully this will be in the next few weeks. I recently took the front off side splash guard off to see what was hidden horrors were hidden this surprised me , as can be seen the inner wing area is in excellent condition hopefully the near side is as good.
The colour is lightblue with black leather and blue pipping, I am told not may cars were made with this colour combination.
Silvey Stuart, Scotland

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  KA T 13 24798
Just acquired the car from Ebay, will be modified for rallying purpose. Was home market car.
Jacques Querton, Brussels

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KA LD 13 24817
Going to be scrapped for parts by 
Roland van den Eijnden, The Netherlands

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KA BJ 13 24836
Hans Pernet's Varitone was first registered on 6.9.57. Hans competed in his Magnette at the Trial to the Nile, a rally from Germany to the Sphinx in Egypt!

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KA BJ 23 24972

I sold it to brother when I was living in the UK. It was then sold to my other brother that passed away a year ago. My sister-in-law then gave it back to me. It was originally my grandmother's car in Durban (hence the ND number plate). The photo is as I received after 5 years in storage in a farm barn.

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25006

KA B 33 25006
Seen on ebay in July 2005

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25037

New Zealand KA C 23 25037
Was for sale in New Zealand.

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25093

KA A !3 25093
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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KA J 13 25173
This is my current ZB which I bought at the Silverstone International in 2001. I have thoroughly checked it over mechanically and fitted a 4.3 diff for the long drives. Otherwise the car is very original and has only 48,500 miles on the clock. I believe this may be accurate in view of the lack of wear on the mechanical parts. Previously from 1966 to 1980 I owned KA A 13 30862.  Andy Dear,UK

25246
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KA PC 13 25246
RHD Varitone scrapped by webmaster during winter 96/97. I bought this car without engine/gearbox. They were needed for a TVR. But there were quite a lot of things I could use. The body still survived without it's chassis number.

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KA BJ 13 25257
Original a homemarket car but imported to Germany sometime.

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KAC 43 25323

Purchased the car locally from a 20 year owner. Will restore into 'fun driver' condition and enjoy with my family.
Pete Mantell, IL

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KA BJ 13 25265
Seen on ebay in 06/2005