Here's a couple of pictures of the Magnette that Phil White and I picked up this last weekend (2,400 mile round trip in four days!). The little story below is a humorous take-off on Frank L. Baum's Wizard of Oz:

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore...". Toto is an original Kansas car with two previous owners. Purchased by a Embert H. Coles, Jr. in 1959 and driven for 18 years, she was then sold to Jeff Blackwood and stored away in a dark garage for 25 years, waiting for restoration. Phil White and Chuck Reece tried to rescue Toto from the "Wicked Witch of the Rust" but too late, unfortunately, her unibody is too far gone to be economically repaired. The floor pans, rocker panels, lower doors and lower fenders are nothing but rust. Toto will be donating parts to Phil and Chuck's 1958 ZB Varitones. This car is essentially complete and many unavailable parts will be recycled. By the way, the steering wheel motif was perfect. VIN KAC43/27252 Engine ID 15GC-U-H9426.

Charles S. Reece, USA

I discovered this link describing my father's MG Magnette (Embert Coles). This car was purchased by my father in 1959. However, I sold the car only after his death in 1993. Throughout that time, it had been in the family and is the car I drove when first learning to drive. My dad spent some time working to restore it, but had great difficulty (in Kansas) getting parts for it. It did lapse into disrepair, but I am glad to know its parts were put to good use!
Kay A. Coles

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