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23891a
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

31503a
31503

Switzerland KA BJ 13 31503
A very nice Varitone from Switzerland. It belongs to Daniel Ingold. Those who know im, know how tidy his cars are...

9472a
9472

KA A 23 9472
I bought it from Mr Baker and it was in a very sorry state. The rust was very advanced in all doors and mudguards, the paint work was very poor with surface rust coming through as little volcanoes, however I like to restore basket cases due to the low purchase cost and the fact that I carry out all metal restoration and paint work, the only work I contract out is the upholstery. Being retired I was able to complete the restoration in 18 months and the result is that it was judged the best restoration for 2009 by the Morris Register of South Australia.
So what does this mean? Another ZA is back on the road in original condition with an owner that will maintain it over the next x years.
Ron Lomax, Australia

18026a
18026

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

23901a
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

31513a
31513

KA BJ 13 31513
I acquired her in 1992 and is currently under restoration  The picture is as she was found on a field in north Shropshire in 1992, Andy Hunt

9473a
9473

KA J 23 9473
This is a very old photo but it is probably the last time it still looked good. It's still in storage awaiting restoration. I'm the third owner, have owned it since 1968, when I bought it from my brother-in-law.
Ken Wasley, Brisbane , Australia

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

23916a
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

31631a
31631

KA A 13 31631
Gerrit de Graaf's ZB from the Netherlands.

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9541

KA A 13 9541
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

18158a
18158

KA B 23 18158
Here's a pictrue of my ZA. In the picture, taken in Palisade, Colorado, the bumper has been removed temporarily to fit welded adapters for flat towing. The car was originally a black-plate California car bought from Kjell Qvale by the Pillsbury baking family. Then sold to their gardener and then to Mimi Willis, who moved from California to Palisade, CO. The car stopped running with 53,640 miles on the odometer and sat for 30 years in the desert.
Carl Goodwin, OH, 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

31655
31655

KA J 21 31655

I have been in correspondence with Peter Martin who together with Lou Shorten a lady I have known for over 20 years and has helped me immensely to restore a MG Magnette ZB that was in a sad state of repair at the time I came into possession odf it 29 years ago. ..
Dr Ifthikar Ismail

9552
9552

KA E 24 9552

Two ZA Magnettes lay in the backyard of a Northern Suburb of Melbourne- January 2014. The elderly owner now in hospital had left these Magnettes [ only the Later ZA  shown in attached images] in the Backyard for over 30 years. Rust was beyond terminal. This ZA Magnette [ Chassis No KAA 23/9552  Engine no. BP15GA/9272]   [original Engine replaced] could not be saved due to its condition, lack of time [property sold], and steep cluttered access.
Paul Vermont retains the chassis plate to this lost Magnette
 
                     from Loz Scott
18190a
18190

KA B 13 18190
This was Warren Marsh's KCF 51. A well known car over the last decades. It has more than 50 improvements including a sun roof. Used as a daily driver and rally car! Here seen somewhere in the woods of the Baltic.

23938a
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

 

31676a
31676

KA TU 13 31676
There have been 3 previous owners, and I purchased the car on 20 April 2007. The car was restored by the second owner in 1986 at a cost of over £5k since when it has covered 2,500 miles only. The 2nd owner had the car for 36 years! I have a full history file including the mint original handbook and a complete original tool-kit.
Peter Smithson, GB

9582a
9582

KA C 23 9585
First reg. 4 July 1955. Fitted with blinkers & towbar, very original,on full registration in State of Victoria since new until purchased by us & brought to NSW. Richard & Sandra Best, Australia

18234a
18234

KA L 43 18234
A ZA in Varitone-look with wire wheels. North America Export car now in Germany.

23947a
23947

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

31714a
31714

KA LL 33 31714
A Swedish blue/blue Varitone belonging to Karl Gustav Zackrisson.

9583
9583

KA C 23 9583

A nice story comes with the badges on this car!

18243a
18243

KA L 13 18243
John W. Barker's ZA

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

31723a
31723

KA BJ 13 31723
This was a very original car with only 35,000 miles in the hands of John Monkman. Sold in the 90's to Mr. Itoh Tsuneo from Tokyo, Japan and still in concours condition.

9593a
9593

KA C 23 9593
David and Marion Blaxall own this maroon ZA with the number plate "1955 ZA" !

18436
18436

KA A 33 18436

The car was restored a long time ago. It runs with 18 GA-MGB-Motor, but uses the original carburators and air intakesystem.

23955a
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

31727a
31727

KA BJ 13 31727
Seen on ebay in 12/2004

9600a
9600

KA C 43 9600
Is being restored to new condition in semi-race livery. Have owned the car for 20 years. Bought car in the outskirts of Paris. Bodywork except doors is reasonably good but all chrome work is bad. Hence this project started by fitting MGB Engine OD, Gearbox + Axle +Wires = 18 years. Specification to come is as follows: Body:  Louvered bonnet, air vents in wings, sunshine roof, lightened doors plexi windows, aluminium tank, engine 3.9 Rover +5 SP Box. LSD Axle MGB + Boranni Aluminium Wheels, 4 Disc Brakes King Pins from MGB with front vented discs 2 control aims on axle + ....Panhard Rod modified dash incorporating all wood, bucket seats front + 4 point roll cage. 
Andrew de BERNES, France    See pictures of the car finished in 2007...

18452a
18452

France KA A 13 18452
Wattinne Patrice from France has bought "Emma", one of the two race prepared Magnettes of Roger & Judy Andreason.

23975a
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

31830a
31830

KA AA 13 31830
Seen on ebay in 8/2011 "1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone for light restoration..."

9606a
9606

KA D 23 9606
Previous owner has had the car since 1958 and says the 70,000 miles on the odometer is genuine.It still has the original motor rebuilt with new rings and bearings a few years ago.Wheels are 14" MGB wire wheels with Wolsley or Austin diff and half shafts and shortened to fit. George Berger, Australia

18512a
18512

KA T 33 18512
This car was restorted around 2000 in Switzerland, now on German roads in the hands of Peter Duell.

23993a
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.

31780a
31870

KA T 43 31870
A very nice example on ebay in May 2011. Asking price was US$ 18.000.

9674a
9674

KA_ __ 9674
A '55 Magnette first registeresd on 25.10.1955 in Milano and on 16.01.1961 in Roma, Italy

18577

First "outright"  ZB September 1956

24005a
24005

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

31797a
31797

KA FC 13 31797

9678

At chassis # 9678 Additional drain pipe added to scuttle vent  chamber introduced

18582a
18582

KA B 43 18582
Here's a picture of our 1957 ZB.It has had the original engine replaced with a MGA 1500 at some point in its past. Before it adopted us it had been off the road approx. 15 years according to the old registration. We are currently working to turn it into a reliable driver- then we'll start working on the cosmetics. Safety Fast, 
The Woolf Family, Charlotte, NC, USA

24085a
24085

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.

31875a
31875


Ebay 01/2008: "It is a parts vehicle, it is beyond restoration. The front grille seems in fairly decent shape. The engine turns over, and looking into the oil fill in the valve cover, the rocker assembly is still shiny. The engine and drive train appear complete and intact. The interior is in very bad condition, as is the frame and anything that was in contact with the ground for many years. The front bumper is inside the car, but is missing all of the chrome."

9712a
9712

KA E 13 9712
A surprisingly rust-free, low milage example currently. Was fitted at some point in it's life with a slightly later 1489cc engine with mild overbore. Has a 5-speed 'box and mild competition/safety equipment for use on historic events, track days, etc.
Sylvester Earl Harvin

18701a
18701

KA E 13 18701
Seen on ebay in 4/2007

24134a
24134


Seen on ebay in 8/2008

31918a
31911

KA L 41 31911
Was for sale on ebay in 12/2004. Now belongs to Allen Bradley, Louisiana.

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9743

KA A 13 9743
Essex Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped reg. 506 EEV

18708

From chassis # 18708:Varitone option available

24152a
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

31929a
31929

KA L 41 31929
Was for sale on ebay in 11/2002. Now belongs to John Kreimer from Woodstock, GA who will restore her to former glory.

9841a
9841

KA E 13 9841
Intersting colour scheme body/roof

18759

First car with Manumatic (general production only from 21225)

24163a
24163

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

31931
31931

KA L 41 31931

5M supercharged 1800. T9 5 speed

10114
10114

KA C 13 10114

Acquired in January 2016, I am the third registered owner of SFD 355, the first having kept her for some 40 years and the second for 20 years. Currently undergoing some light restoration in all the usual areas

18960a
18960

KA L 33 18960
If you look close you'll recognize a Magnette. Believe me! It's a Dutch  ZB in poor condition owned by J. van Noord.

24223a
24223

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

31946
31946

KA A 41 31946

As far as I can tell I am the 3rd owner. I know that the car was originally deliverd to a dealership in Conneticut. 

10191a
10191

KA G 13 10191
Built on 25. 11. 1955. Was on ebay in 12/2005

19078
19078

KA B 43 19078

Rescued from a scrapyard in CA. in 2015 and will be dismantled for parts.

24234a
24234

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

31962a
31962

 

KA A 41 31962
Named "Nettie" by previous owner, Morry Cohen, of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania who sold her to me in 2000. Originally one of perhaps six Manumatic ZBs imported to the US in 1958. Due to her first owner's frustration with this dubious feature, she ended up in a Pennsylvania junkyard circa 1960,remaining for 25 years before being discovered by Jerry Goguen, then owner of Abingdon Spares of Walpole New Hampshire, and the most complete MG Museum in North America in Westminster Vermont. Nettie was cosmetically restored and placed in the museum for another 14 years. She can be seen in an interview with Mr. Goguen in the video "MGs Across America". She was sold when Mr. Goguen began disposing of the museum and ended up in the hands of Mr. Cohen. To this day, she shows only 15,000 miles on her odometer although her original engine and manumatic transmission have been replaced. Allen Bachelder, New Castle, Virginia, USA.

 

10263a
10263

KA J 13 10263
A beautiful restored ZA owned by the former Register's Registrar David Johnson.

19082a
19082

KA B 43 19082
One of three Magnettes on a junk yard in New Jersey, USA, found by Pete Wilson.

24261a
24261

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)

31966a
31966

KA A 41 31966
This ZB belongs to Ted and Susan Hight, Orchard Lake, Mitchigan. Adding it to his collection of MG's

10277a
10277

KA A 23 10277
Unused since 1985, rotten underneath but purchased May 2004, with the intention of installing a Rover V8 and using for club racing and possible Targa NZ. 
Ray Green, New Zealand 

19129a
19129

  KA L 43 19129
Seen on ebay 02/2004

24307
24307

KA L  33 24307

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

31971a
31971

KA A 11 31971
Black ZB owned by Richard Smales from Colchester & currently or sale.

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10280

KA A 13 10280
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped

19171a
19171

KA A 43 19171
This came to me as a parts car, but it has a title, and is mostly complete. It is missing Head radiator, hood, right rear quarter panel, and some chrome trim. Tacoma imports sticker on the cowl, with sales date in 1957. On the rear window it looks like it had a university of Oregon sticker on it. The car had been parked in a barn since 1978 ish. It is the stock color but has been repainted. Tobias Robinson, Oregon, USA

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.

31987a
31978

  KA A 11 31978
Stored 36 years, old log book,  too good to break
Michael Heeley

10310a
10310

KA A 13 10310
Originally a rhd home market car but for several years now in Austria. Was for sale on ebay in 8/2005

19181a
19181

  KA A 13 19181
Car is fairly original with nice interior
Owner: Alistair Black, Vancouver, Canada
Car was brought "back home" to England  in 2013  by David Greaves.

24385a
24385

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

32023a
32023

KA C 11 32023
Original home market car. Now in germay in the hands of Guido Reinking.

10311
10311

KA A 13 10311

Maybe. 8 owners since 1988. Now David Norris' car.

19185
19185

KA A 13 19185
Inported in 1966  RH drive All original and will be kept that way except for needed bodywork and paint.

24486
24486

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.

32031a
32031

KA TU 13 32031
This car featured in Practical Classics in April 1984. Is she still running?

10450a
10450

KA B 43 10450
Originally sold in the USA, shipped to Ireland probably in the late 50's/early 60's by a returning emigrant. I bought the car a year ago and am currently rebuilding it as it was lying partly dismantled in a barn for over 20 years.
Randall Wharton, Ireland

19196
19196

KA J 13 19196

FHC 225 is part of the family; current owner is Bob Pile, previous owner Bob's dad, both of Bristol

24490a
24490

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

32081a
32081

KA BJ 13 32081
Dan, his dad and MG (first reg. 8th July 1958).
Martin Hewstone, England

10468a
10468

KA A 23 10468
Stan Ball's 'Spares Car'and its fate is bleak [Non original colours]

19200
19200

KA J 13 19200

david & Jean Thoms' Magnette

24511a
24511

KA LD 13 24511
Seen on ebay in 12/05

32113a
32113

KA BJ 13 32113
Mike Beck restored his varitone to former glory. The colour combination is exactly the same as one that his father used to own.

10502a
10502

KA B 13 10502
4 previous owners. Mileage 61,000, believed genuine
John Rees, UK

19255
19255

KA_ _ 19255

24546a
24546

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

32114a
32114

KA BJ 13 32114
Kept in Hampshire, UK

10541
10541

KA B 13 10541
The car has had seven previous owners. Modifications include a 1950cc B series “Sprint” engine by Aldon Automotive Ltd, Twin 1 3/4" SU Carburettors, Derrington type free flow manifold and exhaust, MGB overdrive gearbox, uprated rear differential, seat belts, sun roof and a well dodgy varitone paint job!
Justin Mould

19385
19385

KA PA 13 19385