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This is from a British TV spot at the end of the 90's. Does anybody know more about it?



On February 14th, Paul Lester, a member of the Windsor - Detroit MG Club, and his fiancée Marie tied the not. Before the event, Paul scoured the newspapers and internet for a unique wedding car. Being a couple of ex-pats, of course the vehicle had to at least have a Lucas electrical system, had to drip a little oil, have a bonnet, a boot, and maybe even the steering wheel on the “correct” side. He had considered using his MGB, but the thought of a mid-February day in Michigan, a complete absence of a heater and poorly-fitting soft top encouraged him to look elsewhere. He turned to the club and was immediately offered the use of Jeff Zorn's 1958 ZB.   Despite the cold weather, the car was warm and comfortable. It drew admiring (and puzzled) looks from the American wedding guests – the bigger the car they were in the more they strained to see what this odd little gray car was. At the church it was a hit. It really did look great. Almost without fail, all the guests stopped to see what it was. 




Attached is a photograph of my partner Margo's son Stuart and his bride Jennifer at their wedding in September 2003 at Culcreuch Castle, Fintry. The castle is located in the beautiful area of Central Scotland known as the Trossachs. Naturally Margo and I travelled to the wedding in the Magnette, and equally naturally it featured in the wedding photographs with the castle in the background. Isn't it amazing what a little wax and elbow grease can do for the appearance? (Of the car I mean!) For anyone who is interested, Stuart (who is a McPhaden) is wearing the tartan of the affiliated clan McLaine of Lochbuie with an Argyll jacket. Jennifer is stunning in two layers of ivory silk topped by a layer of ivory chiffon decorated with seed pearls. 
The '57 Magnette ZB was resplendent in six alternating coats of grey primer and Twilight Grey cellulose (none of which has concealed the persistent micro-blistering!)
Andy Dear



My lovely new wife, Bettye, is gently entering the car, and my three (most of the time) wonderful children, Cameron, Morgan, and Rhiannon are already in the back seat, ready to zoom off the the reception! Chuck Reece,USA


Henk Kroese from The Netherlands uses his ZA four or five times a year for weddings. His car wearing flowers and him a chaffeur hat...


Eddy & Petra Lepez from Belgium 


Clive and Frances Shelley, UK


Overdressed? Never! Peter Holzigel and Daniela from Germany only loaned their car to another wedding couple


From chassis # 750 the front door 1/4 glass was introduced


Paul Bray and Peter Daley used their Magnettes as wedding cars for a wedding held at the historic 'Lanyon' station near Canberra, Australia. The cars generated a great deal of interest.


Dieter Otten in Germany used his car fresh restored car for his own wedding.


Pictured in the gardens of Craibstone College, Aberdeen, Bride & Groom, Averil and Robert were well pleased with Ian Hendry's 1958 Magnette Varitone, as their special car for their special day.


From chassis # 21255: Manumatic option available


Z register committee member Andy Brock with his lovely wife Jo. Of course there were more Magnettes around (one can be seen in the background)


Udo Barthels from Germany owns his Magnette for many years now, but it was off the road for most of the time. Luckily some circumstandes in life bring some dynamic even into a restoration project! Note: they wear the MG colours brown and cream!!


Three Victorian MGCC Magnettes carried the Bridal Party to an outdoor Wedding in the grounds of a Winery on the Mornington Peninsular with views of Melbourne City Skyline across Port Phillip Bay, a beautiful setting well suited to these three Classics. The cars were provided by Paul Vermont(ZB) Loz Scott(ZBV) & John Russell(ZA).


Varitone polished up from daily use for the wedding of Sarah Smith to Alex Mariage. Seen here at the reception at Leighton Hall,  ilverdale, Lancashire  Aug 2005.


At chassis no. 1151 the Brake cable assembly changed


Attached is a photograph of my '57 Magnette taken in Dunfanaghy, Donegal, Ireland, at the wedding of my son Benjamin Dear and his bride Elaine Christie in July 2005. The car created even more interest than usual over there, as I believe Magnettes are quite rare in Ireland. I know there is only one in the website gallery (a '58 ZB) and that is located further south in Galway. Margo and I took the car from Central Scotland across the water and did a week of touring while we were there. It's a beautiful country - almost as good as Scotland!
Andy Dear


Janet Caiger and Jo Gayton from Farnham, Surrey used their green Varitone to travel to and from their civil partnership ceremony at Guildford Register Office in June 2006. On the right in the photo is Janet's work colleague, Anne, who acted as chauffeur for the day.


Here is a shot of my Magnette I used for a wedding last March. It was about 10 degrees F so we supplied a blanket in the back seat to the couple who were getting married. I acted as their chauffeur given this was a free limo for them. The Magnette ran flawlessly that day although I fried the generator shortly thereafter. Putting on an alternator now.


Sonia and Yves Rommes from Luxembourg own several Magnettes in different conditions. Surely they used a Magnette on their wedding day....


It was the first time I used my Magnette as a wedding coach and was overwelmed with enthusiasm. The florista asked me whether I can be booked. I grined and answered with a look at my wedding ring. if she meant my car and me as a chauffeur, then ok.
Robert Schmitz; Germany


Webmasters Magnette at another wedding: The groom's father owns a Triumph TR4 but found that Triumph built no suitable saloon, so my Magnette was choosen for the wedding.


A black-silver Varitone in France. No more information yet.


I took a wedding snapshot in Bad Soden near Frankfurt ("Quellenpark"), Germany.
Matthias Schreiner


Not sure whether Matthias does anything else on a weekend than driving brides and grooms....
picture by Matthias Schreiner, Germany


This is our first iron wedding (65 years!!)on the gallery. Wow. Congratulation. So this is couple is the first that married BEFORE the Magnette appeared on the marhet!
picture by Matthias Schreiner, Germany


This time an unusual marriage, as the couple already has 4 children. They managed to get married on register office before the first baby was born. But the church wedding had to sat back on their timetable as other babies "came across"
The car is Robert Schmitz's ZA


Again Robert Schmitz' car..


My nephews only told me he would like to use the ZB in January 2010 that he would like to use it for his wedding day. At that time the front & rear suspension, engine, gearbox, rear axle and interior were stripped out. Was planning a 2-3 year resto`! The ZTT pictured is my wifes and the two were complementary to each other. The ZB now has all new front & rear suspension, 1800cm3 MGB engine, sierra 5 speed gearbox and 3.9 ratio rear axle, alternator conversion and front disc brake conversion with a servo`. What a difference, very easy to drive in modern traffic conditions now.

wedding magnette 1

Last year in August my Magnette was used as a wedding car for the wedding of Judith's nephew and his wife. It was the first time the Magnette was in wedding dress (as far as I know). The wedding was in the Dutch "polder" Flevoland. The Magnette is even older than the city were the young couple married. During the day there was a problem with the head gasket of the Magnette. The car was pulling very badly and made a lot of noise. The wedding couple and all the guests thought that this was quite normal for an old car ;-).
At the end of the day the Magnette brought us home and a few weeks later I replaced the head gasket. Now the car is running again as it used to do. So, end good, all good!


Here are some pictures of my Magnette in its role as a wedding. The married couple are old friends of mine and when they had the choice between te Magnette and the Wolseley 16/60 they choose the Magnette. They specially liked the shape and besides that the colour matched better with the colour of the dress of the bride.
They are both quite long, but had sufficient room for their legs. And even the photographer who is about 2.03 meter, had legroom enough on the front seat. Great wedding car, this Magnette.
Hans Lubberding, NL


Carsten Wivel from Denmark acted as a driver in his Magnette for his wife's girlfriend


Sadly this was the last wedding she did prior to an accident last year. She will return!
Clive Shelley


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


The wedding photo is form April 9th 2011 where Marlene and Martin got married. Marlene's father is a member of the MG Car Club Danish Centre and asked me if I would let them use my ZB Magnette 1958 as wedding car. It is the first time the car has been used for this kind of occasion but I think it looks rather nice.
Rikke Nissen, Denmark


This picture shows the webmaster's car, but when the photo was taken it was owned by the late Bob Bonthrone, (a good friend from the Crown and Greyhound natter in Dulwich Village, South London) who is now driving a Magnette with the angels. As Bob’s eyesight was already getting a bit problematic by then, the driver on the day was Dave Harris, then Magnette Register Secretary and also a natter regular. The date is 7th April 1979 and the place is the Perry Hall Hotel, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Malcolm & Liz Eades


Here is a photo of a lovely young couple Matt and Kate Lake along with my car on their very special day .I told Matt and Kate I would forward the photos to you and their images would be beamed around the world ha ha .The car attracts a lot of attention and being the color it is I am always being asked to do weddings but do few as most require long distances and are very time consuming .
Darryl Purvis, Queensland, Australia


I am delighted to share some pictures of the marriage of our youngest daughter. The  event took place on January 7, 2012, at the premises of a renowned Hotel & Resort in the city of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. As a true MG enthusiast, especially Magnette, I was very happy when my daughter asked me to use my  '59 ZB Magnette as a wedding car.  A dream come true!
Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin, Mexico


From chassis # 14933: Illumination in clock introduced


Committee member Clive Webb and his wife Helen of course had a Magnette for their wedding.


Now I am happy to share with you some pictures of the civil wedding of my oldest daughter. Close family and friends accompany them in a simple ceremony and celebration, on Saturday August 18, 2012, known Restaurant in our city of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. I am a MG car enthusiast, and especially the Z Magnette's, so I was very happy when Judith my daughter and Jorge her husband now, use accepted my Magnette ZB '59 during their wedding.
Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarín, from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico


Fuel filler cap lock modified from push button to key type


This happy couple are members of the Tyne-Tees Centre of MG Car Club, Grant Potter and Donna White on their wedding.

Here is a picture of my Magnette being used as a car at my great nieces wedding this summer

Leonard Rolls


This photo was taken by Gary Comerford during the wedding of my son Andrew to Jay Anderson at Ballina and Lennox head, NSW, Australia recently. As you can see, Gary is an excellent photographer and took the official photos at the wedding. I was proud that Andrew and Jay requested my 1958 Birch Grey ZB Magnette be used as the wedding car. Gray can be contacted vie isvolpro@bigpond.net.au
David Miles (Brisbane, Australia)


From chassis # 15296 Front 1/4 light glass hinge points changed


From Chassis # 15503 Jacking points changed from bumper brackets to centre of sill panel


From chassis # 15545 Revised steering rack


Between chassi # 15821/15908 Bonnet stay replaces torsion-bar support


From chassis # 22738: Accelerator cable changed again


Speedometer  changed


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


Bonnet release rod modified


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


France KA _ _ 23749

A Magnette under restoration dans la Normandie, Northern France.
Pascal Pignolet


Between cars 18101 and 18577, a series of Hybrid ZA/ZBs werde built, as the new ZB modifications were introduced.  The hybrids incorporated all or some of the ZB improvements


First "outright"  ZB September 1956


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


From chassis # 18708:Varitone option available


First car with Manumatic (general production only from 21225)


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


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


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


From chassis # 11740: Additional soundproofing felt added


From chassis # 12036: Rear bumper overriders modified


From chassis # 27110:Handbrake cable fork becomes threaded block


  KA B 11 33768
Built on 1st Sepemeber 1958, owned by Clive Webb


KA JJ 13 36588
For sale on ebay in June 2010


 KABB13 36587

Restored by Richard Willis in 2013, and now owned by David Wass in Yorkshire



This is the first Magnette we know to excist in Argentina. She was restored from 1990 to 2013 and is now back on the road. There is no ID plate, so we don't know the chassis no. bt it is said that it is a '55 car. Belongs to Edison Ulises Tato


KA E 23 4531
Seen on ebay Australia in 11/2007


KA E 23 4678
Car bought maybe for spares but too good to pull apart. Current colour maroon but was midgreen. I'm going to restore this in prpbably ivory colour with red interior.
Nick Baker, Australia


KA LL 23 27790
In mid December 2012 a collection of five un-restored Magnettes, in the township of Bargo [about 100km South of Sydney], were in jeopardy of going to the metal recyclers. Not wishing so see these cars lost efforts were made to change the out come. Luckily,with quick foot work, things were averted and reference should be made to Brian Woolmer's 'Bargo' story as submitted to the MGCC Magnette Register WEB site.
Due to the generosity of those involved KALL 23/27790 came into my ownership. I had inspected this car, jammed in with others, under torchlight some time earlier and felt a serious attempt should be made to salvage this car and if possible restore it - although early negotiations, boldly initiated by Paul Vermont, had failed due to different expectations of the then owner [deceased estate] of the five Z types.
The attached picture shows KALL 23/27790 [at a rest stop not far from Gundagai] in transit back to Geelong. Basically its currently being assessed by: Cleaning up all the threads associated with mounting the panels correctly, Using the maintenance manuals reference and a plumb bob check for straightness; and Placing on a hoist to check extent of rust and any damage accrued over its life. At this stage: the plumb bob test indicated the body is straight; rust is significant [I dont believe terminal]; Damage to the body showed up with - tie bar {lower link to body - driver side} is bent with some localised under panel regression, plus the area under the passengers side A pillar has had an argument with something high profile [stump?] For Australia this car is a little unusual. It is a monotone ZBV and must have been originally destined for mainland Europe as the speed - o is calibrated in Kph. More assessment and checks need to be carried out as KALL should be saved.
from Loz Scott [13 Jan 2013]


KA C 23 4767
Ron Jillard brought his car out of the garage on a reasonable day in a Canberra winter.(Well looks much better than many of Europe's summer days). The car has an MGA engine, MG B MK 1 gearbox & overdrive No 4, and MG A 4.3 diff.


 KAC 23 4793

Now owned by Stephen Barry in Queensland


KA B 23 27929
Jo Reed of Victoria, Australia owns this car.


KA A 23 4981
Acquired recently on generous terms from a club member , car is complete but requires a complete restoration, although corrosion is in check and these repairs are reasonably straightforward. Purchased by the previous owner six years previously with engine BP15GA5875. Now very faded Maroon, traces of the original gloss black may be evident around the ventilator box. Inner wing bears a P&R Williams, Sydney & Newcastle lubrication plate. Body stamp may be a typographical @ says: BMGA 4931. Has a full wooden dash rather than the expected tin-top. Andrew Bailey, NSW, Australia


KA A 23 5079
Restoration project of Davies Digger, Queensland


KA J 23 5137
This ZA is undergoing a full restoration as a drivers car rather than original. These pictures are of the car as it was prior to disassembly. It was previously a parts car for another restoration.
Justin Greenwood, South Australia


KA E 23 5307
'55 ZA with 1622 motor, 4.3 MGA differential
Restored in 1996/97 by Leigh Wallace of Greensborough, VIC. Owned by Peter Daley from Canberra, Australia since March 1998


KA C 23 1228
This car has been sitting for the past several years in a sheep paddock in the Adelaide hills. It's a very straight and complete car with rust in all the normal places. By all accounts this car survived Cyclone Tracy that destroyed the city of Darwin in 1974 on Christmas day.
Justin Greenwood, Australia


KA A 23 5367
Des Barker's ZA in Western Australia


KA A 23 1297
'54 ZA as found on a property on the outskirts of Sydney by Marty Cutler, who owns #18014. Going to be a parts car.


      Not sure, where this car is located.It looks to be a rhd car.

Who knows more about the whereabouts or it's chassis number? Please contact the webmaster!


KA J 24 1376
ID plate came from a fellow club member [Stan Ball], fate of the car is unknown. Loz Scott currently holds this I.D. plate
This car had a tin top dashboard and was supplied by P&R Williams. Sydney.


KA J 24 1396
Was on ebayAustralia August 2010, located Hervey Bay City, Queensland, Australia


       Not sure where this car is located. The plate says ZA 3893. Who knows this car?

Who knows more about the whereabouts or it's chassis number? Please contact the webmaster!



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 E 24 1774
The photo was taken 5 years ago, before I bought it, so it has about five years' more weat and tear on it now. As you can see, it is still looks very original (apart from the MGB engine, Nissan five speed gearbox and Wolseley diff centre, but you can't see them). The paintwork is getting close to needing some care and attention accross the back below the back window. Harry Rickards,Toowoomba,Australia


Australia KA E 23 14846
My 1956 ZA is totally original with original motor, aircleaner and washer bottle. It was bought new in Sydney, Australia as a company car and I have the original invoice and all the books.  The car is used regularly on club outings.
Graham Hamilton,New South Wales,Australia


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


Australia KA E 23 14848
Original car with the addition of a brake booster - Island Green (colour)- Recent restoration of structural components including floor, numerous mechanical components plus a renovated interior - Full registeration in Queensland Australia and enjoys engaging in family related activity, primarily when it does not rain :o)
Alan & Jennie Barnard, 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 A 13 2048
'54 ZA as found on a property on the outskirts of Sydney by Marty Cutler, who owns #18014. Going to be a parts car.