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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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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)


KATE 43/22809 On Oct. 12 2012, my daughter Laura and groom Hugh Wagner were married at Rayne United Methodist Church, New Orleans, LA USA. My 1957 ZBV was an essential requirement for Laura, to carry her to Race & Religious reception area, not far from the church. Bride, groom and ZB were welcomed!

Cliff Hughes


Joern Rasmussen daughter took her father's car for her wedding.


Jörg Wiefler from Salzburg/Austria sent this nice photo, showing his són with his bride. Look at the number plate!

I used my Magnette for a friends wedding last week, see the reg plate we fitted for the photos.

Grant Howlett


 This picture shows the president of the MGOC Austria, titled "Proud father of the pride"...


A nice example of a ZA in Finland,restored and running. Unfortunately unregistered on the Magnette Register.
The first names of a couple are Jani and Meritta.

wroxall wedding
I have a few pics of the Magnette with special number plate that I used for my daughters wedding at Wroxall this summer,
Yours saftey fast, Grant.

This car was spotted on ebay in March 2005. The registration was --- UXK

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To me it looks like an American car

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31.10.1957_england ebay10_2007

Seen on ebayin October 2007. Said it was built 31.10.1957

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Reg. 180 MEV Seen on ebay in March 2007

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Reg. 243 JMM.

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reg. 255 ---

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255_ahaebay 11_2006

Reg. 255 AHA. Seen on ebay November 2006

409mev_.19. 11. 1958 ebay 08_2007

Reg. 409 MEV. Built 19.11.1958. Seen on ebay August 2007.

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Reg. 455 FTC. Was for sale on the net in April 2008
Advert said:

ZB Magnette re-built as a racer with stripped interior, new laminated windscreen all others Lexan, new plumbed-in Lifeline extinguisher, ali foam filled fuel tank, all lines inside, all aeroquip incl fuel, oil cooler, uprated radiator, MGA discs, B calipers, adjustable Spax at front, adjustable AVOs at the rear (original cars were alll teles), Rigard seat, new wiring harness, new paint in BRG, newly chromed bumpers etc etc. At present has Ford T9 with new TranX SCCR gearset and 1950cc MGB engine with 45DCOE giving 160 bhp. Car will be sold without this engine, but we can supply another.

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463 jmu

Reg. 463 JMU



Reg. 613 UXE


Reg. 613 UXE

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Reg. 668 UXF. On ebay March 2007

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Reg. 672 UXC. On ebay September 2006

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746 uxv ebay11_2006

Reg. 746 UXV. On ebay November 2006

I am not the owner but can confirm that the car is now owned by an Italian enthusiast in Bergamo, Italy.  My wife and I went to a restaurant in Bergamo which was decorated with some motoring memorabilia and I noticed an old workshop manual on display for a MG Magnette.  The restaurant owner saw me reading the manual and then proudly showed me some photos of his restored Magnette to which the manual belongs. The car now displays Italian number registration plates but the original english registration number plates were also on display and searching for this registration on your website is how I came to contact you. I will email the restaurant owner and suggest that he might complete your car information form to add to your club's records.
Best wishes     Bill Martin

801xuuebay08_2009_hanley swan worcestershire grossbritannien

reg. 801 XUU. On ebay in August 2009. Worcestershire

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Reg. 887 HMD. Was for sale on the net in April 2008

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891 bmy wisbech cambridgeshire

Reg. 891 BMY. Was for sale in Wisbehc, Cambridgeshire

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Reg. 920 AKA. Was on ebay in April 2007.

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Reg. 975 UXE.

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6471-mg-magnette uruguay 6_2007

This car was in Urugay in June 2007.

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Reg. HAS 159.

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

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The car seems to have centre lock wheels! This car must be lknown to others!

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Reg. TYB 756


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

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Reg. KAS 747


    Where does this no. plate come from? Which country is it? She also has club badges on the grille.

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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


This Magnette was spotted in Cuba 2014. Look at the exhaust pipe!


Chassis # 27638: First car in 1958 (approximate)


KA BJ 13 27652
First registered on 17 Jan 1958. Still in regular use by Greg Thornton, UK



KA H 5 27740
Here is a picture of a 1958 ZB currently for sale on "Trademe" (Kiwi equivalent of e-bay). The car is located in Helensville, about one hour north of Auckland. It also carries a plate "MGM 511 Motor Assemblies Ltd., Durban South Africa" . The chassis no. declares this Magnette as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) car. It looks as it was assembled in SA, then between 1958 and 1965 reimported to UK and then in 1965 imported to NZ from the UK. The car looks OK from a distance, but closer inspection reveals patches on the chassis and heaps of body filler in all the usual places.



KA H 5 27743

Another CKD car assambled in Durban South Africa. The Motor Assemblies No. is MGM 514.
Owner is Keith Burton




KA L 13 27770
Very standard ZB car, still with trafficators and engine just round the clock for the first time. Major components still original, ususal body restorations over the years. In our ownership since 1989, used for the school run when bringing up the kids and now earning its keep on 12 car historic regularity rallys.
Graham Mayes, Kent


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 LL __ 27793
The first car on our website from Italy: a 1958 Varitone with upper and lower colour in black from new.
Mauro Annoni , Como, Italy


KA BA 13 27847
One of Trevor Jones' cars


KA B 43 27911
One of six Magnettes on a scrapyard in Arizona that were to be crushed at the end of July 2004


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


KA H 5 27915

One of the CKD cars assambled in Durban, SA


KA L 43 27948

Michael Mitchell in California owns this car.


KA L  13 27958

A nice restored car witk sliding roof!


KA LA 33 27973
I bougt the car in Sweden 12/04/05. Second owner have had it for 20 years. The MG was total restored from 1982-1984 and is in a very good condition.
Johann Emil Björnsson, Iceland


KA BJ 43 28028
1800 engine with overdrive on 3rd and 4th gear and SLOTMAG wheels, painted in metallic blue.
Car is on Isle of Wight


KA BJ 13 28033

1st registered to Mrs P V Deakin, Eye,69 Suffolk


KA T 13 28067
The ZB of Willy Roomz, Belgium, now in the Netherlands belonging to Marc van Beuningen


KA T 43 28106
Seen on ebay in 12/2006


KA L 43 28126
ebay 05/2005


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 LA 13 28228

Condition seemed really quite good. Stored for many years.


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