Built 1955

Magnettes from chassis 4332 to 13256 built

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KAE 13 5794
First registered 29.03.55 now belonging to Ronald Faulkner, living in Germany. The most special on this car is it's engine: it's a Diesel! Read more about it...


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


KA A 13 6048
Owned by Trevor Morris virtually one owner car and very original


KA E 33 6175
The car has always been danish since 1955 when it was built. It has run 117.000 kilometres from new. First reg. 27 April 1955 We use the car in daily use in the spring, summer and autumn. The registration numberstill is the original from the first day. Gert Jakobsen, Denmark,www.bordercollies.dk


KA A 13 6423
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


Netherlands KA A 33 6443
This ZA has only done 70,000 km so far (about 50,000 mls). It's an original LHD Dutch car and has had only 3 owners from new : It now belongs sine many years to Hans and Monique Evers, who only use her rarely. It still has the original tin-top dash and all the papaers are still with the car.


Austria KA C 23 6456
Maroon homemarket RHD ZA. Was brought to Germany, where she went through several hands. Now sold to Thomas Nebauer in Austria.


'From chassis # 6501 the 'Tintop' dash was replaced by wood


KA J 43 6537
"Ziggy" belongs to Rich Mooers in the USA on Long Island/New York City. This picture was taken at the Limerock Vintage Festival 2001. The car was adopted from Mike Sarvas, who has the largst collection of MG models in the world.


KA J 33 6538
This wonderful left hand drive ZA Magnette was produced in 1955 and originally sold to North America. Since 1999, she was completely restored by Peter Herbst of Cologne, Germany, in a four years period. The grey leather interior matches to the dark blue outside colour in harmony. This beauty is quick and comfortable. I aquired her in February 2008 and our first journey was to the Magnette Meeting in Kassel. I will keep her forever. Wolf Juchem, Germany.


KA A 23 6628
Car was purchased from Des Newham of Sydney Australia in May 2004. The car seems to be original. I am unsure of the original date of registration, but the rego label on the car shows that it was last registered in September 1979 and has been garaged since September 1980, when that registration expired. The car is in beautiful condition for its age and the only work needed is new rubber seals all round the body, refurbishment of the woodwork and new electrical wiring to replace the existing old and frayed wires. Finally, I have realised a childhood dream of  owning an MG!
Fred and Jan Schaap


KA J 43 6836
One of six Magnettes on a scrapyard in Arizona that were to be crushed at the end of July 2004


KA C 23 6956
Purchased on ebay by John Cuneen.
Now sold to be used to repair a ZA racer which hit the wall at Eastern Creek Raceway. It is now owned by Bruce Smith.


KA C 23 6960
Bruce Bramhill from Victoria, Australia bought this Magnette in need of full restoration. The result after 5,5 yrs restoration:


KA J 43 6990

Ken Beisser purchased her in 2010


KA A 23 7081
on ebay 02/2008:
I am offering my ZA Magnette for sale. I bought the car locally in 1984 and have used it on/off as a regular driver since then.

Please Note: The car is fitted with a 2 L Mitsubishi motor (Sirius motor as fitted to Cordia, Starion) This is coupled to a 5 speed box.I know this is sacrilege to MG fans but it was a very successful conversion making it a great car to drive.
Read more about this car....


KA C 23 7115
ZA Magnette which is undergoing a slow restoration. The picture shows the car when it arrived back in 2009.
Les Hall, Victoria


KA C 23 7116
After owning a 1969 MGB for ten years, it was time for a change. I purchased the 1955 MGZA from P. Ramsden (Perth WA) on 29/3/06.After having it transporting it back to Bendigo,it was of to the workshop, replacing the brake hoses and a few other worn pins and bushes etc and fitting a reconditioned tailshaft and yokes, the car is now ready to be a daily driver. Being fitted with the MGA engine and Diff it cruises nicely down the road at 110Kph (70mph). The car
has been re-named "Lizzie" by my wife in honour of my late sister who was born in the same year. Both my wife and I have been members of MGCC's in Sydney and Brisbane and will be joining the Victorian MGCC and look forward to many years of touring and meeting others with like intrests in MG's.


KA E 13 7214



KA E 13 7227
Seen on ebay July 2009


KA J 23 7360

One of Andy Knigths Magnettes in Australia



KA E 23 7415
The picture was taken at a Motorist Appreciation Day rally. We received the perpetual, " Restorers Award " at our club presentation recently which was very exciting.
Lyle Constable, NSW, Australia


KA A 43 7472
ebay USA 9/2006


KA A 43 7477
"Ginty" spent most of his life in Sunny Southern California coming to BC in 2006. Ginty is equipped with a Roots type Supercharger, front disc brakes,  an alternator, and an MGA rear axle to cope with modern traffic conditions,  and he does so very well.....In Airsmoothed Style! Rich McKie
Update 07/2008: Ginty has now been fitted with 4 wheel disc brakes and MGA Twin-Cam wheels to resemble the development car that John Thornley drove as his personal car. I think it looks quite good!
More pictures...


KA C 43 7558


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.

KA A 13 7627
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA A 13 7628
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA A 23 7652
First reg. Sept. 1955. Delivered by Lane's Motors Ltd of Melborne with serial numbered plaque in passenger side footwell. In dry storage from 1976 to Dec 1999 by original owner. Purchased by myself as a proud second owner, and carefully restored. The car now has flashing indicators for safety reasons. Engine upgraded to 1622cc plus a 4:3 Diff ratio and with ZB carbs / air inlet equipment
John Russell, Melbourne, Australia.


KA A 23 7660
Warren Marsh handing over the key to Robert Schmitz from Bamberg/Germany. He bought th car in 2000 and imported it to Germany.


KA A 43 7670

Located a a dutch classic car dealer in 3/2016


KA A 33 7672



KA C 23 7723
My newly acquired MG Magnette ZA 1955.I am the fourth owner of this vehicle which has spent  it life up to now in the Australian country city of Goulburn  south of Sydney. Purchased in August 2004  and relocated to Canberra. Only modification is the installation of a 1622cc motor by an unknown previous owner. Member of the MG CC Canberra.
Graham Gittins, Australia


KA J 43 7760
The remains of a Magnette on Hawaii. Will start a new life as show car with frame and Chevy V8. More...


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.


KA A 13 7814
Andy Brocks ZA.


KA E 23 7832
This Magnette was originally delivered to France, where it still remains.


KA A 13 7846
I purchased this car on the 4th December 201. The car is unbelievably solid underneath and all round and has escaped the ravages of time. Leather interior is all original and there are just 40800 genuine miles on the clock. Previous owner had a wire wheel conversion in the 80's and mounted a wood rimmed steering wheel ...no forgiveness for the steering wheel and I am in the process of converting back to an original wheel. Trafficators all work superbly and there are no flashing indicator lights. There has also been an alternator and negative earth conversion to which I will be reversing back to dynamo and positive earth.
David Holland


KA A 33 7876
An early ZA with an interesting history: It was owned for several years by nons in Portugal. The car is owned by a Porrtugiese Doctor who works in Germany. But the car still resists in Portugal.


KA A 13 7889
The car has been extensively rebuilt over the years prior to me buying it and is fitted with an MGB engine, Ford gearbox and MGA front discs as well as being retrimmed and repainted. Derek Harris, Kent


KA E 43 8008
Seen on ebay in 9/2005


KA A 13 8020

Very original car owned by Steven Trovato.


KA A 43 8062
I just bought it from the second owner, where it was sitting in a southern California driveway for  the last 18 years. No rust, and with a virtually perfect body. The soft parts are completely shot, but the original engine turns (it was supposedly parked for overheating). 99% complete. It is my intention to restore it to completely original, as this was the same year and type that my wife learned to drive as a teenager in the '60's. I do need a few parts and conversation with other ZA-ZB friends... leedavisone@comcast.net. Lee Davis, Albuquerque, New Mexico


From chassis #8072 the radiator grille changed from 8 slats per side to 7


KA C 23 8078
This Magnette is so far gone it''s going to join most of the other Magnettes in M.G. heaven. It has stood under some trees for the best part of 15 years  and was rescued for parts for my MGA and the hockey sticks for a friends '54 ZA The car was taken off the road because the petrol pump failed. So the owner E.J.SANGSTER eent out and bought an MGBGT...
Anthony Bushell, NZ


KA J 13 8130
The car was re built in 1998, it got a replacement body from South Africa. It also got a lager engine from 1422cc to 1622cc.


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


Ireland KA J 13 8278
ebay 8/2011 in Limerick, Ireland


KA J 13 8327
This ZA belangs to Grant Howlett  It was his grandfathers original car from new! First registered 18.06.1955 and like many others cars in twilight grey. The car spent most of it's life in England but also some years with Grant in Virginia, USA. More...


KA E 23 8387
Registered to Nuffield Exports at Piccadilly first, then went through several hands, before I bought it a couple of years ago.
Has been standing for 10 Yrs.+ ( garaged ) Its in a poor condition, but about to start restoring. I think its going to be a while before I can get it back on the road.
John Robinson, North Nottinghamshire


KA E 23 8399
Seen on ebay in 01/2008 unfinished restoration
Glasgow, Scotand


KA E 33 8420
This 1955 ZA was bought in 1989 by the current owner Peter & Dorthe Beck from Denmark. This car was delieverd new to denmark and had only two owners before.


KA E 33 8426

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


KA A 13 8430
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA A 13 8431
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA J 13 8476
This was a twilight grey with grey leather interior and red carpets Magnette of Trevor Jones. Scrapped.


KA C 11 8495
This car once belonged to Malcolm Garret. After he passed away the car was bought by his friend Paul Hill, who names the car
 '''Malcolm Magnette''.


KA J 13  8530
Seen on ebay in 9/2005


KA C 13 8533
First registered 14 June 1955, now belonging to  John Weston-Smith, Stafford, UK


KA E 13 8595
Peter Wallis just purchased this car. 559 FMH had not appear to have covered many miles since 1982. Just completed 500 miles from MG Motorsport to Lichfield and Goodwood Revival Meeting!!   9/2005


KA A 13 8611
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped


KA A 13 8628
Udo Barthels from Germany owns this rhd ZA since 1990.


KA E 13 8632
Andrew Fuller took this car over from his father.


KA     8660

Seen on ebay in 03/2006


KA E 33 8727
First reg. 03.01.1955



Now owned by Nobuhiro Sawanhoi in Japan (2017)


From chassis # 8770: Front seat mounting rails and revised seats


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



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


KA J 13 8780
The car was bare shell restored in 1999.


KA J 13 8791
Last MOT'd 2000. Not used since 2001. Has ZB power unit. Very well restored at some point (ie inner wing skins intact, front wings not welded to sills) but lost jacking pts & all chrome. Log lists it as a 1954 car with 1800 cc engine (both untrue) and the MSV registration does not make sense. Should be back on the road sometime in some guise later this year. Jeremy Woolley


KA J 13 8914

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


  KA A 13 8986
I have just purchased a black Magnette Registration number VMB149. The car is currently at the Shorten's works near Norwich, and they have confirmed that they are sure that the mileage is correct at 14,000!


KA J 13 9031

1955 ZA Magnette owned (and restored) by Adrian Pinnock for over 20 years then owned by Peter Beresford who did extensive work on the engine now owned by myself, John Barringer, Harpenden, Hertfordshire.


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


Netherlands KA A 33 9131
Original Dutch car, Harry Hilgerdenaar is the second owner.


KA A 23 9132
Sold to E.H.Neuendorf of Minden via Ipswich/Australia on 6-10-55.
My car has been completely restored ,was black now old English white with Austin 1800 engine Toyota 5 speed 3.9 to 1 diff and Mitsubishi disc brake conversion .It also has electronic ignition cruise control an MGA exhaust manifold and 45 mm stainless system and on a recent 2000 klm round trip rally achieved 36mpg. Darryl Robert Purvis, Australia


KA A 13 9147
Built on 13.08.55 this ZA stayed in England until 2000, when she was imported to Germany. She now belongs to Harald Freischem from Cologne.


KA T 13 9245
Was for sale in 02/2005


KA E 13 9313
Built 14- 18 July 1955, sold to first owner 29 July 1955. Has just undergone major rebuild, rewire and respray with current owner Paul Barrow..


KA E 13 9320
Something special: This car has a 2.5ltr 16 valve tuned Mercedes engine giving 400bhp! Darren Brock's car was featured in Safety Fast! Januay 2006
Here's another report...


KA E 33 9337
A nice contemporary picture from the Netherlands. The car was registered  UG-21-98 and has been scrapped.


KA C 13 9409
Seen on ebay in 11/2008


 KA D 23 9430

Now owned by Tim Patkin in Victoria


KA D 23 9432
I owned this car in New Zealand (one of ten Magnettes I had there). I had it shipped to WA in 1993 after I had been here nine years, but was dissappointed to find it badly deteriorated. It still awaits restoration. In the photo you may notice the bonnet bent. It blew open on the truck delievering the car to Perth.
Chris Gray, Perth, Western Australia


KA D 23 9451
Stan Ball, member of the Geelong MG Car Club in Australia standing next to his ZA Magnette.


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


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



Previously owned by Neil Whiffiin, it has been fitted with a Toyota 5-speed gearbox and 1-1/2 inch carbs. Now owned by Peter Johnston in Queensland


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


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

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


KA C 23 9583

A nice story comes with the badges on this car!


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


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...


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


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


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


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


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