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KA BA 13 32419
NBW 333 has just returned to the road after extensive renovation by the current owner Alan Finney.Alan is a Triumph (topless) man by preference but fancied a saloon so he bought this to keep him dry on the bad days.


KA BJ 13 32368
This car was in classiccar mag jan 1993 Still on road use most weeks.
Michael Heeley


KA BJ 23 32343
First registerd 01.07.58 now belonging to Keith Miles, UK


  KA __ __ 32314
Seen on ebay in Febraury 2010


Seen on ebay in 10/2009


KA C 41 32278
Ebay 11/2008: 1958 MG MAGNETTE ONE OWNER CAR – UNIQUE! What is impressive about this car is that it is a 1 owner car, completely original, that has always been garaged and kept on the road. Notice the August of 2008 inspection sticker on the windshield!
This car (Johanna is its nickname by the way) was purchased brand new by Sven, a New England attorney, who took delivery of it in England and drove it all over Europe on his 3 month honeymoon trip. The car was then transported to the States and it was kept on the road by its loving owner ever since until unfortunately Sven passed just a few months ago. Mackay’s Garage obtained the car from the owner’s widow and made some mechanical improvements (new battery, starter solenoid, rebuilt carbs, flushed the gas tank). But other than that, this car is as original as it gets! Original paint, original motor, original interior, etc. The car is road-worthy and will pass inspection! It runs and drives great, and all the lights work properly!
Other than some body issues with the rockers (which can be replaced with brand new parts still made in the UK) and the right rear quarter panel (the fender was hit at one point and repaired back in 1961), this car doesn’t have any major issues. The floors are totally solid, the doors swing and shut perfectly, the bottom of the trunk strong. The motor runs great!


KA B 21 32214
Totally Original unmoleshed condition. Has been stored since 1969. Has only 50,000 genuine verified miles.
The car was built in 1958 shipped to Australia and delievered toReg Ansett Motorsin Hamilton, Victora for a Mrs. Roberts of Moyne Falls Cattle Station in the Western District. Mrs Roberts drove the car for 10 years. after which it was sold to a collector. From that time  it ahd been in the hands of two collectors and has never been registered since. However it has been driven sparingly on Vic roads permits only
John Hastie, Australia


KA B 21 32213
Another Australian racer belonging to Adam Davidson, Melbourne Australia

This car now is converted to automatic. Read here about #32213


KA PP 13 32159
The VIN plate was on a derelict Magnette in a scrap yard in Co Down over 15 years ago. KA PP, unusual colour scheme.
Martin O'Brien


  KA BJ 13 32117
Here is a picture of my Magnette Varitone acquired in July.The car is quite solid if a little untidy. It is now MOT tested Taxed & Insured so it will be used whilst I take stock of where to start. I also own a 1967 MGB Roadster and 1979 GT. 
Barry King, Chelmsford, Essex


KA BJ 13 32114
Kept in Hampshire, UK


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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



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.



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.


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


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."


KA FC 13 31797

Now owned by Nick Arpino in Northampton


KA T 43 31870

Now owned by Richard Farrell


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


KA BJ 13 31727
Seen on ebay in 12/2004


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.


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


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


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


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


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...


KA LL 13 31454
Date built: 14-16 May 1958
Date despatched: 21. May 1958
The original Registration Mark 930 EBH, dated to the 1st June 1958, was issued in Buckinghamshire. Now since the '80s in Germany and awaiting restoration.


KA A 13 31382
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA J 13 31317
Another Magnette that found Asylum in Germany. This time a ZB. Not much known about this car.  


KA CC 33 31303
Picture from the old Swedish register archive.


KA TA 13 31170
Martyn Conett's lovely Varitone


KA TU 13 31164
Island Green/Green Varitone owned by Janet & Jo from Farnham.


Mexiko KA C 41 31119
Richard Comfort's Magnette in Stanardsville, Virginia, USA. Now for sale in Texas.
Sold to Mexico in 2011.


KA A 11 31106
This ZB is in Germany since 20 years.


KA B 11 31058
Car completed millenium Monte Carlo Classic. Now belongs to Bruce McHardy, Scotland


KA T 41 31040
Hank's ZB in Pennsylvania


South Africa KA B 13 31027
I have just read your article on CKD Magnettes. Just wanted to let you know that I have one that was manufactured in 1958 and first registered on 30 August 1958 in South Africa. It was assembled at Motor Assemblies in Durban and bears the nameplate with number 741 on it.


Austria KA PA 33 31016
Was originally imported to the Swiss now in Austria
Jörg Wiefler


KA FC 13 31005
ebay 01/2008: UNFINISHED RESTORATION DUE TO BEREAVEMENT. The restoration of this car was being completed to a 'usable' concourse standard and regardless of cost. The financial out lay to date is approimately £25,000, with 100’s of man-hours and four years work to get the car to this stage. Every part of it is either brand new or restored. The re-trimmed interior is of high quality soft leather with contrasting piping. New carpets. All wood has been re-veneered. Disc Brake converted. New wire wheels and tyres. The new engine has never been running. All suspension parts and bushes are new. The axle, 'A' arms castings have been painted - flatted - painted etc to remove manufature imperfections.  The body shell has been professionally restored. There is absolutely no body filler. All panel finishing has been done using lead. Just needs paining and re-assembly of the trims. Only a few weeks work left to do. All parts are complete to finish the restoration.


KA BA 13 30983
Picture found somewhere on the web. If you recognize your car, please contact the webmaster.


KA BJ 13 30977
Cynthia Vivian's Varitone from Surrey.


KA B 13 30968
Seen on ebay in 06/2007


KA BJ 13 30954
John Harris' Varitone with 5 speed Sierra Gearbox


KA LL 33 30926
An old photograph from the Swedish register archiv.


KA A 11 30879

2 Previous owners, all original


KA A 13 30862
From 1966 to 1980 I owned KAA13 30862 but metal-rot overtook this car at a time when I could not afford to maintain it and I am ashamed to say I sold it as a stock car where I presume it met its demise.
Andy Dear,UK (he now owns 25173)


KA L 43 30833
Sadly looking Magnette. It  was" rescued" on a scrapyard several years ago just to denie as parts car for another Magnette of Keith Holdsworth in the USA



Unites States of America KA L 43 30823
I found this Maggi in a Minneapolis Auto Museum for sale. fortunately I have a niece lthat lives 15 minutes from the location She checked it out & gave it a Big +. I purchased it & it was delivered last Tuesday. I Love it.



KA BJ 13 30739
Currently under restoration in Kent by Robert Hudd.


KA J 23 30622
A rhd ZB in France.


KA T 23 30574
Seen on ebay in 06/2006: The car was first registered in Jersey on 16th January 1959. It came from England where its registration number was UGY 376


KA BB 13 30520
First registered 22.04.1958. 
MGB 1800 engine now fitted along with servo. 4 previous owners, last in Walsall, before that the car was in Bournmouth.
Now belonging to Paul Dorrington, Cornwall, UK


KA J 43 30409
Ken Kittleson's ZB


KA C 13 30297
This car belongs to Mr. Van Hecke, from Menen,South West-Flanders, on the border to France. The car has been converted to left hand drive, 


KA B 43 30223
The 1958 ZB is old english white. Former owner Klaron Grigsby, Ft. Lauderdale.  I also own a 1958 origional (unrestored) 55,000 mile MGA Roadster and have restored a 1964 pull handle MGB.  I am a member of the MG Classics of Jacksonville.
Drew DeCandis, Jacksonville, Florida 32259


KA B 43 30217
This is a one owner car with just 79,000 original miles. Max Engel and his new bride picked the car up in Abingdon on their honeymoon in 1958. They toured the "continent" for 6 weeks then had the car shipped home to the U.S.A. I purchased the car from the original owner and her son in May 2013. I have been doing a restoration since then, trying to stay as original as possible. The car was re-painted in the original Birch grey before my purchase. I hope to be finished by early next year.
Rodger Shaver


KA B 13 30084


KA B 13 30080
Sold new by Bryants Garage, Stephenson St. Birmingham.Complete history file.Six previous owners,four from the same family.Engine rebuilt by Oselli . Owned since 1997 by  Brian Saunderson,UK, since 2010 Sheron Bewick. The car is still in superb condition with only 51,000 miles on the 'clock' from new.


KA A 13 29931
Hertfordshire Police car twilight grey/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA C 13 29886
This is my 1958 M.G. MAGNETTE with 42,000 miles from new. Original and unrestored. 
Henry Marcus Gort, County Galway, Ireland


Germany KA BB 43 29850
This was the first Magnette I have seen and now I own two. I am the third owner. The car has undergone 100 plus hours of rust repair and metal fabrication. The car is now at the paint shop. The engine was rebuilt by Rich Medcraft as well as the carbs. Tobias Robinson, Oregon, USA. The car was sold in 2011 to Carsten Bange in Germany.


KA BB 33 29848
A Swedish single-coloured Varitone owned by Gilbert Falkenstrom since the 1970s. After acquiring the car he painted it maroon but has now repainted in Birch grey. Fitted with 1622 engine, 3.9 diff and towbar


KA LL 33 29800
An old photograph from the Swedish register archiv.


KA TU 13 29787
The photo shows the only RHD ZBV in North America that we can find in front of the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia. The bride and groom wanted to arrive in her instead of the limo which followed with the bridal party.
The car is now in the hands of Randell Kegg, Maryland, USA


KA A 43 29734
David F. Darby's ZB at a recent family camping trip. Missouri,USA,


KA BB 13 29727
SOONISH............... to have a MGB 1800cm3 + Sierra 5 speed with discs brakes & 3.9 diff`. Just also bought some TR6 steel wheels!
Chris Hobden


KA H 5 29659
Car built in Durban South Africa in 1957 -imported to UK in 1962. Was laid up in early 1990`s and I have just recommissioned it having just got it an MOT
Terence Clark, East Sussex


KA LA 43 29545
Purchased in Kelowna, BC by Alistair Bairos; uncertain re prior owners but believe carspent its entire life in
central British Columbia. Now on Hawaii


KA J 43 29424
This is an early '58 ZB from Canada. The car has been restored very nicely but not to the original colour, plus a newly rebiult 1600cc engine. Wire wheels and white wall tyres give the special touch


KA BJ 13 29394
My Uncle was the previous owner.
The car has been extensively renovated and is still on the road.George Hewson, Stafford, UK


KA BJ 13 29372
This Varitone, known as "Yasmin", has been owned by Malcolm Eades since December 1972, so it's not so much car ownership as a deep personal relationship! Originally grey over grey, she was rebuilt in 1994 and resprayed beige over maroon. Originally used daily in the seventies, she now only comes out for pleasure trips. She gets around a bit so she has a 1622cc engine with a gearbox upgrade planned: she's been as far south as Umbria in Italy and as far north west as the Harz mountains in (East) Germany. She is also featured in Anders Clausager's MG Saloons as well as some magazine articles, one of them a very early Classic Cars feature, before she was restored, when she was used to show where all the rust comes through. Webmaster Günter's car was already restored then (by the late Bob Bonthrone) and was used in the same article to show how good the finished job looks.


KA LD 13 29321
Previously owned by Ken Wood, who installed an 1800 engine, Ford type9 gearbox and front disc brakes. Bought in 2018 by Peter Thompson from Norfolk.  


KA B 23 29310 
Bought second hand from the original owner May 1970 with 95,000 miles on the clock for $450 car (200 pounds). This ZB was my first car at age 18. I still have it and its now got 197,000 miles on it. Resprayed in BRG in 1984.Some bodywork redone -chrome, new leather seats, rust removed and engine overhauled. Won Concors 1985. Since then used for going to work, weddings and fun with the MG club in South Australia.
Original owner was Mr Crawford of Glenelg SA who bought it to travel from Adelaide to his sheep ranch near Broken Hill 400 miles north east of the city. When I bought it, it had about 2 bucket fulls of red dust through the head lining and seats etc. Thirty years ago I taught my wife, sister in law and my sister, my son and others how to drive in it and its still going. Kevin Dixon, South Australia


KA B 23 29308
Now owned by Helen Farquhar. The car was first registered  25.03.58 and toured over Europe before being shipped to Australia. Previous owner Rod Barrett restored her with a sporting feel, lowered suspension, minilite copy wheels, custom inlet and exhaust and a balanced and blueprinted engine.


KA TA 23 29300
Bought in perth in 1996. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia. Bit by bit as finances allowed, bought allparts required. Stripped off paint but unfortunalety allowed surface rust to build up as I became busy with work.Will sell this car soon to other owner in our Magnette group.
Chris Gray, Perth, Western Australia


Ireland KA C 13 29272
Original 1500cc engine now fitted with overdrive gearbox from early MGB
Martin O'Brien.


KA C 43 29266
Original, but in poor condition. Near ready for paint. Mechanics are still a question mark.
Jeff Schlemmer, USA



KA A !3 28992
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA BJ 13 28909
Built in March 1958 and now under restioration by Daniel Pope


KA B 23 28469
Standard except for seat belts ,flashing ind. Restored early '80s present owner 15 years. Ken Dutch, Austalia


KA __ __28787
For auction at: Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Collectors' Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia, 3 Dec 2007 Olympia, London
The vendor advises us that this left-hand drive ZB Magnette has enjoyed single family ownership from new, being re-registered in the names of various family members at different times. Described as unrestored, the car is offered with Belgian registration papers.Sold for £3,200 plus Premium and tax


KA LD 23 28668
Bought from a fellow member of the MG Owners Club WA. He had owned it for 10 years and traveled 15000 miles. It was restored in 1992 with all body, interior and mechanical work done. A 1622 MGA motor was put in then.
Andrew Leonhardt, Western Australia



KA TA 23 28661
Loz Scott has commenced restoration using the best of two ZB bodies. Body has obvious rust, while rear had copious amounts of body filler that hid worse corrosion.



KA BJ 13 28607
I purchased my ZB Magnette in Falkirk, Scotland in 1998. It had been stored in a garage for many years and was rusting away. I completely stripped the car and bebuilt it over a period of 5 years. It has had 7 owners, one of whom sold the original Reg. No. RAM 855 If anyone has any knowledge of the history of this car I would be most interested.
Richard Sherman


KA BU 33 28601
Was for sale on the Inter-Classica in Maastricht, NL.

Now in Belgium in the hands of Pascal Deviane

Orig. reg. date was 05.06.1958 


KA BJ 13 28600
Was for sale on the internet in Dezmeber 2007: Much money invested but probably not concours condition.


KA LL 13 28597
My newly restored 58 Varitone - at last. In wedding service, summer of 2008. All totally original - no modifications. All parts from The Shortens apart from steel wings from NTG in 1994.
Dan Docwra, Edinburgh



KA C 23 28463
The car was purchased by the J&T Gunn family (which later became Gunns of pulp mill fame) all the family cars were painted in the company corporate colour as this car is. The car is still owned by this family.



KA EE 13 28400
Previously owned by Mark Beckley ( who back in the 80s ran the register ) who sadly passed away earlier this year. Car is rally prepared and completed in the Pirrelli Classic throughout the 90s. Has not run for about 3 years and is a bit tatty but should MOT with a bit of recommisioning. I have owned 3 Magnettes in the past the last one sold in 91.( Varitone APA 37A, I wonder if it still exists ) Good to be back in the fold! PS I used to own founder register member Eddy Edwards magnette FPC 563!


New Zealand KA A 43 28177
I bought the car off an elderly gentleman of 82 yrs who had owned the car for 28 years. As far I understand the car had never been out of Auckland NZ all it's life and been used every day for 52 years. I bought it and drove home a distance of 552kms without a hitch, only ran out of fuel as fuel gage is not accurate. It's a very tired old car needing some TLC which I intend giving it.
Rachel Dean


KA A 13 28171
5-brg MGB, 4-synch with o/drive, 3.9 diff, Front discs with servo


KA J 13 28134
Seen on ebay in 04/2005: said to be complete but in need of restoration

Now in Koblenz and undergoing restoration.


KA TE 13 28394
I am at last able to send you a picture of my car for the website gallery. I had chosen a bright sunny day in the summer, and drove off to a quiet country lane with an impressive country house as a background and took several pictures.  Unfortunately the digital camera had a fault (lines across the pictures) and the images from a mobile phone camera did not show enough detail.  So much for modern technology!  The camera is still not repaired, so I borrowed another to take today's picture...
I have been running the car since 1982 (long before computerised databases and websites).  After some work on the wings and doors, the car was repainted in the original two-tone green scheme in 1983 and is now about due for a repeat.  Over the years I have used the car for a variety of motoring events, family trips and driving to work some days (easy to spot in the car-park).  Apart from fitting seat belts, the car is original specification.
Jon Hall, Northants, UK