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KA A 13 25603
Seen on ebay in 03/2005: Twenty four years of disused have obviously taken their toll on the car. The car can only be described as needing complete restoration. The body has had only minimal repairs in the past so you will be dealing with "original rust" in most places.


KA L 41 32776
This ZB was on ebay in 2/2005. It's not an original colour scheme, but it looks very elegant, like a small Bentley...


KA B 23 11712
Purchased car from elderly gentleman who had her sitting for last 6or 7 years. After a weeks tinkering have had car relicenced and intend to use her as my run about. Car is very original and runs a treat. I am in the process of making a few modifications to modernize him (Basil). 3.9 diff, Toyota 5 speed, and a slightly warm bored out MGB 1960cc (No hammering or drilling holes)
Andrew Murdoch, Australia


New Zealand  KA C 23 25640
A right-hand drive export model, originally dark red, and manufactured in 1957. The car was first registered in May 1958 to Dominion Motors Ltd in Wellington, then in December 1958 to Mutual Rental cars Ltd, also in Wellington. From 1960, the car had 5 owners including the current owner s family, and at some stage was re-painted white. The car suffered an engine problem in about 1995, and was driven into this barn on the eastern outskirts of Auckland, where it has remained ever since. The interior is in surprisingly good condition, but the outer body and paintwork has clearly suffered.Under restoration by Daniel Richardson now.


KA LD 13 32829
Owned by myself since July 200. It has undergone a large restoration with new sills and a lot of work to the front wings, front valance and behind the splash panels. The bottom half has been resprayed in the correct dark blue (Mineral) but the top half is currently grey instead of the lighter blue (steel).
Tom Strickland


KA B 33 11739
This is an original Italian Magnette, sold by the importer of Florence and Rome  1956 license plate, I am the fifth owner, and the car is restored and marching. was originally gray birch, then was painted ivory MG. The last owner was a chief electrician of CINECITTA, and used it as the main drive, now I just change the two bumpers and other chrome.
Roberto Martinangeli


New Zealand KA C 23 25642
The Magnette had spent 54 years in the  South Island, NZ until brought North late last year. Ideally suited for touring it has 5 speed gearbox, 1800cc engine and 4.3:1 diff. It achieved 36.86mpg over 341 miles in 2008.
Peter Yarham, NZ


KA BJ 23 32852
It must have been a Manumatic car originally as I was wondering why the clutch slave cylinder unit was not in the correct place. Its on the side of the gearbox ( a la MGA) and not on top.
Rod Paxton, East London, South Africa


From chassis # 11740: Additional soundproofing felt added



KAC23 25645

2015 for sale in Auckland. Chassis number is very close to another NZ car, so I wonder if they were part of a batch imported here in 1957/58 ?


KA BA 13 32868
Seen on ebay in 12/2003


KA D 13 11793
Parts car belonging to Sonja & Yves Rommes from Luxembourg. Going to be scrapped...


KA PC 13 25745
Kashmir beige/maroon varitone owned by Committee member Peter Martin, Tenterden.


KA FC 13 32901
My Magnette doesn’t look pretty at present but it is now far more structurally sound than when I purchased it over 20 years ago but its fast becoming a retirement project!! After the initial purchase I thought 2-3 years would see it return to the road but the car was worse than initially estimated. I had to get its strength back in the structure which I have done but there is still a long way to go. Its condition gave me the opportunity to tastefully modify / update without destroying an original car. The modifications are to include: 1800cc 5 bearing “B” series engine, 3 synchro MGB overdrive gearbox,  4.3 ratio rear axle, Tandem hydraulic brake circuit incorporating an in line servo. I hope to paint it in the original beige / maroon as shown on the VIN plate code FC and have uncovered parts of the original colours. Adrian Tomlinson


KA L 23 11831
Seen on ebay in 12/2005


South Africa KA T 23 25778
This car belongs to the chairman of the MG Car Club - Border Centre, East London, South Africa


KA PP 13 32910

Our new family project. Cant wait to restore it...
Kevin Skuce


KA A 13 11840

At last a photo of my car in the course of being made roadworthy again.
John Emery-Barker


KA T 43 25779
Was for sale on ebay 12/2003 now in the hands of Richard Schaeffer (2006).



LA L 41 32990
This car was put away in a barn in Kentucky in 1976, and just pulled out in the summer of 2008. Although the paint is in poor condition, the car overall is very original and should make for an excellent restoration project. It was purchased in the UK, driven, and then shipped to California by the original owner. The car has all matching numbers and documented history including the MG warranty certificate, original UK license plate, shipping invoice, and the name and address of every owner since new. I promised to keep the most recent owners updated on my progress and drive it back down for a visit once it's complete.
Mark Michalak, Chicago, IL



  KA D 13 11832


KA A 13 25791
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA A 41 32954
When our ZA 13540 ate its main bearings, we faced a expensive engine re-build. Desperate, we tried the rusty engine in our $400, 65k mile, purchased-for-bits, derelict ZB 32954. It started and ran as if parked 10 days not 10 years! Painted, polished and purring, the ZB engine was transplanted into our ZA. Lucky to have an organ donor on hand! 
Neal & Kathy Yates,Connecticut, USA


KA A 33 11876
'Mauro Benzoni's little treasure


KA C 13 25827
After a 4+ year rebuild this Magnette is now just about complete. Brian Reeves owns this car since 14 years. She was build October 1957 and sprayed damask red.


KA A 21 32962
1958 ZB Restoration project for sale on ebay. Location was Bristol.


KA A 33 11877

This car, running in Italy belongs to Marco Davide.


KA PC 13 25886
In its heyday (1980s) this car won a number of show awards. It has six previous owners and was once in the posession of a Magnette Register committee member. This ZB Varitone was originally sold (1957) in colours Ivory/Dark Red. Then it was changed (c1980?)to Ivory/Black. Then in 2000 to Birch Grey/Twilight Grey. It has had no modifications carried out but lots of restorative and maintainance work done on it in the past 50 years.


KA B 21 32976


KA E 13 11948
This car has only done 22600 miles from new and has spent the last 20 years in a container in the Welsh Valleys. Its grim but solid, apart from the usual lower door and wing corrosion.
Terry Drinkwater


  KA B 13 25928
Was for sale in 12/2012


KA B 41 32982
Originally delievered to USA. Imported to Germany 1962. Stored for over 20 years in a Garage. Sold to Luxembourg in 2002 to Sonia & Yves Rommes. They want to rebuilt it with a V8 motor as a fun car. New Panels and parts already bought but no motivation to start and finish work.


KA E 13 11972

First reg. 1/DECEMBER/1955


KA B 13 25931
Seen on ebay in 11/2008. Last owner had it for 28 yrs.


KA J 41 33003

Originaly sold by Montclair Motors in Montclair, NJ


KA C 23 12003
This '55 ZA belongs to Rod Byrne from  South Australia


KA B 13 25932
This car was featured in Practical Classic Sept. 1997. With 5 brg. MGB engine an overdrive it is a good cruiser. The car was imported from England to Germany in 2001 and later sold to Luxemburg.


KA J 41 33004
Seen on on ebay in 7/2010


KA C 43 12031
My car was build in 1956 (first registered 30-6-1956), went to the US and came to The Netherlands in 1999 I believe. I bought the car in 2000 from an MG specialist in Friesland. The car has been resprayed in the US and got another reconditioned engine this year. I still have the original engine and I think this one will come back in the car sometime in the future. Hans Lubberding


KA E 13 25944
Original car, beleived to be the 1957 Motor Show car. The car has black leather seats with green pipeing to match the body colour. The car has been dry stored for many years and is in process of having essential maintenance work carried out. Two previous owner's.


KA J 41 33013
Seen on
ebay in 7/2010


Norway KA C 33 12034
LHD, Export Damask Red Maroon , built  15 - 17 November
1955, despatched 22 November 1955, rescued from a scrapyaed by Halvor Arne Asland, Norway


KA H 5 26026
The car was found with a scrap car dealer, but is still in running condition. First reg. 1958.  Only the starter and some lights are not working yet. Since a perfect workshop manual was delivered with the car, repairs will be easy.
Maria Lederer, Somerset West, South Africa


KA C 11 33024
First registered 14.11.58


From chassis # 12036: Rear bumper overriders modified


KA J 13 26173
Believed to be owned by Ron Flockhart (racing driver) at one time. Been in my family since 1983. 52k believed to be genuine miles
Totally standard down to original carpets and door seals! 2 owners from new in my family since 1981. First owner from 1957 to 1981 when my uncle purchased it and rebuilt.
Nigel Younger


KA __ __ 33028
Seen on
ebay USA February 2008 (ZAB 33028)


KA A 23 12304
Lots of mods: 1930cc HRG Derrington head 45DCOE Webers ,295cam gives over 100bhp at wheels. Gear box either BMC c/r or ToyotaT3 5spd, divided prop shaft to banjo axle choice of 4.3, 4.55, 4.9 Tops out at about 185kph. MGB V8 discs & Princess 2pot callipers, adjustable sway bar, 400lb coils.Bilsteins all round. Rear end cambered down, track rods & Panhard rod. Quaife LSD  Has been competing here for it's whole life!! Regards, Neil. Goodwin


  KA BJ 13 26241
MGB Engine, discs,wire wheels, all added by me since I bought in March 2008. It's only done 800 miles since 1977!!! I'm using it a lot more.
David Burgess


KA TA 13 33041
Mike and Carole Rolls' ZBV 508 SMM.


KA A 43 12321
Was for sale in 03/2004


KA L 13 26346
RHD Home market car. At one time was owned by a Royal Navy officer who appears to have brought the car to the US. Car was purchased off eBay out of North Carolina where was supposedly still running eight years ago. Has roof damage where a tree branch fell on it during an ice storm. Will need lots of restoration! First owner a Lt. Cdr. Troke RN. Bought from Strood Motors, Rochester.
Neal Sellars, Texas, USA


KA TT 43 33043

1958 Magnette ZBV, came from factory to US July 1958 Island Green/Island green with Whitewall Tyres --restoration finished in 2010.

Wayne and Dee Johnson


KA A 33 12326
First registered on 19.05.1956 in the Netherlands. The third owner scrapped the car in 1996.


KA L 23 26350
Another car from ebay with 1622 engine. Owned by John Cunneen now, who purchased the car in May 2010 from the previous owners who had the car since 1987. It was rebuilt prior to 1987 and painted in about 1996. It is fitted with the Australian B series 1620 engine.



KA TT 23 33044
For auction at Bonhams 04/2005: "It is believed that this Magnette spent time abroad before returning to the UK and being registered as ‘new’ in 1961. The car had been stored in garage on a Sussex farm for many years before it was spotted in the mid-1980s and bought by the present owner. It was subsequently sent to a firm of professional restorers specialising in MGs and lovingly brought back to its former glory. Exterior finish was changed from the original brown/cream to the aesthetically more pleasing red/cream traditionally associated with MG. We are advised that the restoration was undertaken between 2000 and 2003, and that approximately £12,000 was spent. Presented in very good condition throughout and reported as driving very well, the car is offered with history file containing sundry restoration invoices, expired MoTs and (copy) old-style logbook, and comes with Swansea V5 registration document and MoT to January 2006.
Estimate: £5,000 to 7,000"



KA C 41 12441
It's in my family from 1970(aprox), my brother buy when I was a child and all the family lives in Tijuana (the city of Mexico border whit San Diego California U. S.) he only use the car for 8 or 10 years. On 1999 I buy the car to my brother, in very bad conditions, don't have motor, transmission, and the interior uff! I bring the car to La Paz and stared the reconstruction.
Luis Benito,  La Paz, Baja California Sur state, México


KA T 23 26360
After a 25-year rest, my ZB  is now back on the road as well. A 2-year restoration was finished just in time to take my daughter to her wedding - as it took her mother to her wedding 34 years ago. We even had the same driver! We're looking forward to the MG Car Club midweek run next week so that we can have the first open-road run for a quarter of a century. With a tweaked 5-bearing engine and the original gearing hills are definitely not a problem!
David Overington, NSW, Australia


KA LD 13 33049

1800 Engine & Sierra Gearbox Conversion, servo unit, seperate indicators, kenlow fan, alternator/negative earth conversion.


KA C 33 12446
In the early 1970's this Magnette belonged to Bart Spoelstra, who was the owner of the MG Workshop in The Hague The picture was taken in 1974 during a meeting of the Dutch MG-clubs at the Zandvoort Circuit. The Dutch registrar Henk Kroese confirmed that the car is still running after a complete restoration in 1995. It's creme over light green  The car was assembled in Durban/South Africa (which might explain the sun visor!) and imported to the Netherlands in 1971 and later converted to LHD. It is said to be a '55 ZB what must be a mistake as ZB's were introduced as late as autumn 1956. 


KA T 23 26362
Mike Greenwood is restoring this Magnette


KA BJ 13 33089
I have owned this car since 1981. It had been sitting unused in a garage in Kingston for 8 years prior to that. Put back on the road in 1984 it has done regular low mileage. Only significant upgrade: halogen headlights and seat belts.
Andy Stevens, Cambridge


KA C 13 12466
It has done a genuine 27k miles from new. It was owned by a lady in Dorset most of its life and then went to Reading - that chap used it in Holland for a while before returning home - he sold it to his neighbour who in 1988 fitted 2 new floors and had the car resprayed/new brakes etc - his wife drove the car a few times and decided she didnt like it as the heater was not good enough ! So it was put in their garage and left there until my fiancee (Sara) bought the car for me. I have fallen in love with them both ! Gobby, Cornwall, UK


KA B 23 26494

Purhased in SA -1958,moved to Queensland in the late 60's,then purchased and transported to New south Wales recently  transported back to South Australia. Stock standard vehicle, hope to have back on the road soon.


KA AA 23 33134
This car belonged to my uncle who was a Thai embassador in Cambodia. After he came back to Thailand he brought her along and I found her sat in his garage in 1980 in good running condition unfortunately this car has a modified engine (1500 cc Mitsubishi Saturn) and a Mitsubishi transmission.  Read more...
Chatdhana Bhimonpun, Thailand


KA E 13 12681
Jeffrey Bridges's ZA just back on the road


KA C 43 26561
Another car owned  and rescued by Wray Lemke,Mt. Pleasant, SC



KA A 31 33170
 Original owner purchased the car new in May 1958 in GB for use while in the service. Returned to the USA in March 1960, and remained in the family as a family car for fun outings and daily driver use until the owner died in 1988. It had the motor replaced with a Gold Seal engine in 1968 with the odometer showing over 90,000 miles.The original owner's daughter took the car with her to Ann Arbor Mi.in May 1988 where it remained in her hands until June 1995. The original Gold seal engine required a rebuild with the odometer showing 15,000 (obviously 115,000 miles) which is not much use from a "factory rebuild" ,only 25,000 miles.  Ms. Lane stated she and her children learned to drive in this car, so she didn't like to part with it. 
I now have the car and will continue bringing it back to life.  
Wayne Hardy, Texas, USA



KA E 13 12728
Seen on ebay 5/2007


KA BB 33 26631
Owned by Tyronne Hulton, Sweden



KA B 41 33180
I have owned my Magnette since 1977. I have always maintained it as best any one can. Six years ago I parked it in the garage and left it untouched for the 6 years. We were beginning a family and they needed me more than the Magnette.  In January 2002 I decided to get the Magnette back on the road. It took about 6 hours, separately, to get it back up & running. This car is mostly complete with as much original as possible. The picture of the Magnette and myself are at my 45th birthday . Buckey in AZ.



KA A 13 12769
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA BA 13 26636
59,000 genuine miles, bought as a non runner now purring away sweetly with minimal effort.
Moira Wallace, Ayr


KA J 11 33212
Bruce Chapman, grandson of Nancy Mitchell, the famous lady rally driver (in a Magnette) of the 1950s, is racing this Magnette.


KA C 23 12833
This maroon  ZA Magnette was built in 1955. She was imported to Germany in the late 80's. Now she is properly registered as a historical Car. She is quite original and drives well. Some time ago, a new beige leather interior was fitted.


KA T 43 26668
My dad and I bought this car with intent to use it for endurance rallies and long distance driving. It had been fitted with a 3-main 1800 engine and 3.9 rear end by a previous owner, and I added disc brakes and headers. Unfortunately after one season of driving and two endurance rallies, the car has been retired. At some point in its life it suffered major structural damage due to rust, and it had been poorly repaired and covered up. It may someday see the road again, but not soon. Mark Michalak, Chicago, USA



KA BJ 13 33273
RHD Varitone build 23.07.-12.08.58 in birch grey/twilight grey with maroon interior. When dispatched on 18.08.58 she was fitted with a Manumatic Clutch, but converted back to normal clutch like most others. She's now staying in Germany, where she had several owners.



KA E 43 12864
ebay 9/2008:
1956 MG Magnette ZA This car was restored over 10 years ago. I bought this car from a MG dealer and I don't know much history except it was completely restored to a very nice level and then it sat out with a tarp over it for years.


KA L 43 26695

Imported from the USA to Belgium,then to U.K. 5Speed box, alternator, servo assisted disc brakes on front, full body restoratiion


KA A 41 33322
Seen on ebay in 9/2008. Now in the hands of Bob Brownlow, Niles IL


KA B 43 12866
Seen on ebay 09/2004


KA L 43 26699
I am the fifth documented owner, and have the original dealer invoice from when it was sold new as well as every repair invoice since 1958.
Edwin Sweeny, USA


KA AA 33495

Exported on sale (11th Sept 1958) on a ship called Nevasa, possibly to Singapore where the purchaser (Major Everson) was stationed. Then shipped to Mombasa 28th Oct 1960. Kenyan rego KGU112. Then shipped to Auckland NZ on the 26th June 1964.Sold in 1968 to an owner who kept it until 1994 and only did 55,000 mls in it.Sold to a man who never used it, I bought it in 1995 & sold it in 1996. I then bought it back of that owner in Dec 2012. Has only covered 106000 mls. Still original and great to drive!
Tony Don


KA L 23 12874
The car is a New Zealand-new model, first registered here in December 1957. It has spent all its life around Christchurch, Timaru and Dunedin in the South Island, but I have just driven it to my home in Auckland, a distance of nearly 700 miles covered in two days with no problems. The car is currently fitted with a 1622cc engine and flashing indicators, but otherwise seems fairly original and unmolested. I'll try to keep it that way.The picture was taken on the shores of Lake Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand, en route from Christchurch to Auckland. Colin Heald


KA B 13 26751
First reg. 20.12.1957 in England.  Imported during the 90's to Germany. Sold to Luxembourg in 2003. Now used by Sonia & Yves Rommes during spring, summer and automn seasons. It's their family car to get to work or to school. No restoration done since 2003. They only have fun and use the car as often as possible.


KA A 41 33557
The car is located in Florida, for sale by its owner who lives in New Jersey.


KA J 43 12936
ebay 12/2004: "Very nice excellant parts car, and is pretty much complete. Body is in rough condition though from dents. This is an Arizona car, very little rust. This auto has been sitting for several years. Owner has owned this location for almost 40 years. Williams is the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. Very little yearly moisture. "


KA LD 13 26763
Seen on ebay in 7/2007


KA A 41 33342
Seen on ebay in 11/2004. Starting bid 380 $


KA A 13 12974
Seen on ebay 9/2005


KA B 43 26823
Ex-californian car imported to Germany in 2000. Engine/transmission missing, but sound body.



KA FC 13 33483
Seen on ebay in 10/2005



KA A 13 12995
Car featured in  Popular Classics Feb. 1991. Is she still around?


KA A 43 26866
Parts car purchased for $200 US several years ago. This one helps to keep the other two ZBs running. However, upon removing the engine and transmission recently, I determined that this car is salvageable. Allen Bachelder, New Castle, Virginia, USA.


KA C 41 33597
Clara, as my wife Sherie has named her, sat in the desert outside of Quartsite Az.for 40 years. All of the rubber and interior pieces are bad, but very little rust.We will restore her and have started on that project. Dave Wahl


KA A 13 13029
Seen on ebay


KA J 13 26898
I was going to wait until my restoration was finished before sending you the photo - however I may not be capable of typing by the time that's done. I have had the engine rebuilt (Oselli). The interior re-upholstered, carpets and headlinings etc. with compliments to Lou Shorten. The car is down to bare metal with a lot of welding still needed. The photo is from the day I rescued it from the Ibiza woods. The car was built 25.-27.11.1957. Originally Twilight Grey with maroon interior. -Brian Pollard, Spain-


  KA __ 15 33691
I bought the car from Graham Springthorpe in 2009, and since owning it have taken it to Le Mans twice (as crew transport for the works MGB team) - currently enjoying her before the next project which will be an uprated diff to make the continental journeys easier.. The chassis no. indicates it as supplied in primer as a CKD without colour! James Hamilton


KA J 13 13064
Seen on ebay January 2011, but now owned by Stephen Best in Durham, and in different paintwork. First Registered 23 March 1956. Believed to have had bare body restoration by John Shorten 1990-1992, and completely re-upholstered at that time. Fitted with 5-speed gearbox, disc brakes and servo


KA B 23 27929
Jo Reed from Victoria owns this nice ZB