Built 1955

Magnettes from chassis 4332 to 13256 built

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13088
13088

 KAJ 13/13088

Owned in 2018 by Darshan Mukesh Sanghvi in Kolkata, India

8779

 BP15CR8779

Previously owned by Barry Thompson, it's now been acquired by Mike Gilbert in Perth, and fitted with an Austin 1800 engine

KAA13/8734
8734

 KAA13/8734

Now owned by Nobuhiro Sawanhoi in Japan (2017)

KAA13/11439
11439

KA A 13 11439

Now owned by Ray Holtzapple in Texas (previously owned by Jiim Basque)

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

11972
11972

KA E 13 11972

First reg. 1/DECEMBER/1955

7670
7670

KA A 43 7670

Located a a dutch classic car dealer in 3/2016

5405
5405

KA C 33 5405

Standing in a barn since 1977, now under restoration.

11373
11373

KA A 41 11373

California

9583
9583

KA C 23 9583

A nice story comes with the badges on this car!

7558
7558

KA C 43 7558

7214
7214

KA E 13 7214

 

9078
9078

KA C 23 9078

I was given the car by a Bundaberg owner who was to restore it but it is to far gone in the bodywork. Now with T. Cumpston of Park Ridge South as a parts/doner car. G. Diggles

8914
8914

KA J 13 8914

 The car has been off the road since 1974, but is very sound, currently being restored.
Michael Green.

6990
6990

KA J 43 6990

Ken Beisser purchased her in 2010

7672
7672

KA A 33 7672

 

10900
10900

KA E 13 10900

11877
11877

KA A 33 11877

This car, running in Italy belongs to Marco Davide.

8778
8778

KA J 13 8778

Bought new from Mebes and Mebes Mill Hill by Mr Turnbull. Fitted with optional HMV valve radio at a cost of £39 5s 5d (which still works) and driven back to his home in Newcastle. He kept the car for the rest of his life, I believe it has covered less than 30000 miles and had some restoration work done in the late 80s, he sadly passed away in the mid 90s when his wife covered the car up in the garage and was not used again. I bought the car in May '14 and it is undergoing recommissioning work by me which is now nearly complete.
Ian Wastell

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.
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
8020
8020

KA A 13 8020

Very original car owned by Steven Trovato.

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.

8426
8426

KA E 33 8426

Henk Wieldraaijer owns this car, which was first registered  on 26.01.1956. It now has a 3brg 1800 engine.

5911
5911

KA J 13 5911

5911 was registered in March 1955 and is an early ZA still with its metal top dashboard. This car has a 1622 gold seal engine with an MGA diff and is otherwise original including plate UHU59. Owned by Stephen Gell

10311
10311

KA A 13 10311

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

11840
11840

KA A 13 11840

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

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

7360
7360

KA J 23 7360

One of Andy Knigths Magnettes in Australia

 

8178
8178

KA A 13 8178

Imported to Finland from Britain in 1973 and used daily after that up to 1977. Featured many years in a local Car Museum and has carefully garaged 30 years after that. A restoration started last summer and hopefully is finished in 2014. Needs some welding, brake overhaul, door seals and new paint.
Marjo Korhonen

13188a
13188

KA B 13 13188
John Hale's "ZaZa". Believed to be sold to Japan.

13180a
13180

KA B 13 13180
Ebay 07/2008: This car was rebuilt in Scotland, many years ago around 1985, driven for less than 1 year and then dry stored in a garage for the next 20 years. It came out of storage around 6 years ago and was put back on the road.

13084
13084

KA J 13 13084
John Blouet-Smits Magnette was first registered 09.01.1956

13072a
13072

KA J 13 13072
First registered on 16.03.56. This rhd ZA is in Germany now since a couple of years.

13064
13064

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

13029a
13029

KA A 13 13029
Seen on ebay

12995a
12995

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

12974a
12974

KA A 13 12974
Seen on ebay 9/2005

12936a
12936

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. "

12874a
12874

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

12866a
12866

KA B 43 12866
Seen on ebay 09/2004

12864a
12864

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.

12833a
12833

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.

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12769

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

12728a
12728

KA E 13 12728
Seen on ebay 5/2007

12681a
12681

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

12466a
12466

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

12446a
12446

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. 

12441a
12441

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

12326a
12326

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

12321a
12321

KA A 43 12321
Was for sale in 03/2004

12304a
12304

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

12036

From chassis # 12036: Rear bumper overriders modified

12034a
12034

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

12031a
12031

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

12003a
12003

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

11948a
11948

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

11876a
11876

KA A 33 11876
'Mauro Benzoni's little treasure

11832a
11832

  KA D 13 11832

11831a
11831

KA L 23 11831
Seen on ebay in 12/2005

11793a
11793

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

11740

From chassis # 11740: Additional soundproofing felt added

11739a
11739

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

11712a
11712

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

11615a
11615

KA A 23 11615
For sale on ebay 11/2008

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11555

KA E 13 11555
David Page's ZA RAS 882 fitted with wire wheels, disc brakes and 1622 engine

11510a
11510

KA D 13 11510
It underwent a total restoration some years ago and is extremely sound and tidy although not concourse. Austin Graham, England

11492a
11492

Unites States of America KA  E 43 11492
Rusting away in Firebaugh, CA, United States

11473a
11473

KA A 13 11473

11469a
11469

KA A 23 11469
I finally have my car back on the road again. A few minor tidy up jobs remain but all in all the car is performing well after being off the road for 25 years. I intend putting a 3.9:1 diff in it to improve cruise performance and maybe down the road a pair of 1.5 inch carbs and an extractor exhaust. I cannot make too many changes as I have registered the car as Historic for the Sydney MG Car Club. Brian Woolmer

11438a
11438

KA A 13 11438
Magnette with MGB 1950cc ENGINE, DISC BRAKES, ALTERNATOR, OILCOOLER, COIL OVER SHOCKS FRONT SUSPENSION, KONI REAR SUSPENSION
Bought in 2012 by Peter Guest, Farnborough (previously owned by Mike Bean)

11260

Chassis # 11260: Screenwash bottle and pump modified (external pump)

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11234

KA A 13 11234
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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11233

KA A 13 11233
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

11207a
11207

KA D 23 11207
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

11184a
11184

KA E 13 11184
Apparently sat for 30 years in underground car park in East London. Obtained by garage. No paperwork. Engine number on bulkhead differs (BP 15GA/10947). Registration mark  shows as RYP 457 but not registered at DVLA. Anyone have any knowledge of this car's real history? Needs restoration which I'm doing despite limited knowledge and inability to drive.Sue Hanson, Essex

11049a
11049

KA A 13 11049
Currently painted Jaguar Indigo Dark Blue and fitted with an MGB 1798 Engine No BP15GA/11285 and overdrive gear box. Known as "Puff the Magnette Dragon", he is in daily use with a rear baby seat fitted to transport our 21 month old son, Cameron. We use the car every day if possible as we strongly believe that they were all built to be used rather than kept in barns! Cara MacColl

10965a
10965

KA A 13 10965
One of Shorten's cars

10873a
10873

KA E 23 10873
Seen on ebay 12/05 in Newton, Australia

10872a
10872

KA E 23 10872
I bought this car on ebay unseen and drove it from Newcastle to Sheffield without clutch hydraulics most of the way! My mission is to keep it running and to slowly improve it.

10728a
10728

KA G 13 10728
Attached is a photo of our Magnette arriving at our home.  She is very dirty and full of red dust.  We collected her from Western NSW. Bought to Australia about 7 years ago.  Royal Tan in color which appears to be original.  This colour was not an Australian colour. All original except for vinyl seatcoverings needs some restoration .  Bob Towns.

10702a
10702

KA C 13 10702
Maroon  ZA that was the title on MG WORLD in June 2000. Imported to Germany in 2001.

10627a
10627

KA A 13 10627
This particular car has had only two owners from new and has been in the current ownership since 1978. These upgrades include the fitment of a more powerful ZB engine; front disc brakes; Spax shock absorbers; halogen headlamps; indicators rather than trafficators; generator to alternator conversion and the fitment of a stainless steel exhaust.
It has also been fitted with a sophisticated Tracker anti-theft system with a lifetime subscription. So if it ever does get stolen, the police will always be able to find it via the magic of satellite tracking technology – whatever would Palmer have made of that!

10592a
10592

KA A 13 10592
This car was for sale in 2007

10557a
10557

KA L 13 10557

10564a
10524

KA A 23 10524
Seen on ebay Australia July 2009

10544

From chassis # 10544 Fuel filler cap lock reversed to original push-button

10502a
10502

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

10468a
10468

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

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

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

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10280

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

10263a
10263

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

10191a
10191

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

9841a
9841

KA E 13 9841
Intersting colour scheme body/roof

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9743

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

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

9678

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

9674a
9674

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

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