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KA TA 13 23788
This shot was taken at the HERO's Third Classic Malts Scottish Reliability Trial in 2000,  showing Denis & Penny Robson in their ZBV. The location is the Inverfarigaig Corkscrew.
Photo by John Brown


KA LA 13 23815
Bought in Luton in 1977 (replacement for KAAB/17664) for £120
and used regularly until the mid '80s when a combination of mechanical
and rot in the usual places obliged me to abandon it in a Welsh barn
when I got a job London. The Pembrokeshire weather has not been kind
to it and sadly and to my shame it is now unrecoverable.
Jeremy Woolley, London


KA PA 43 23864
Current owner Michael Arnold asked the previous owner 20 years ago to sell him this car. Now he bought it.


KA A 23 23871

One of Andy Knights Magnettes in Australa


Seen on ebay in 02/2006


KA A _ 23875
Stuart Batten's Magnette


KA J 23 23887
A '57 ZB used as a daily driver by Paul Lupton in Australia. The picture was taken in Canberra at the flag court of their Federal Parliament grounds.


KA J 23 23889
Was originally grey, but was repainted green when the previous owner undertook refurbishment work several years ago.
Paul Bray, Australia


KA J 23 23891
When I purchased the car, it had a three cylinder Australian Morris Major Elite engine, and a gearbox of unknown MG origin that was not much better (the previous owner had fitted it, as it had a worn out Major Elite gearbox fitted when he bought it. At this stage I intend fitting an 1800cc engine and five speed toyota box, plus rebuilding the diff, front & rear suspension and the steering. (I wonder if this is why it was cheap?) Methew French


KA TE 33 23901
Danish car. Just finished restoration. Only 2 owners. Most everything original, from motor to tool-set. Manumatic later removed. Also belongs to Paul Dalkov


KA BJ 43 23916
This sedan was for sale. Have a look at the website of Marty Ray.This car is now happily owned by Eric Baker of Oakland CA USA


KA BJ 43 23917
It's one of those manumatic Magnettes that haven't been converted-back. Recent barn find, previous owner claimed manumatic worked when parked ;). it has been rolled out of the barn for inspection, usual rust...maybe more, will require much metal fabrication. obvious repaint.
Scott Potter, Texas



KA T 23 23938
This Magnette started life as a  Premier Motors showroom/demonstrator car in 'island green in  September 1957 until it was sold a year later.I bought the car in 1971 for AU$ 60.00 (!) with  99,900 miles on the clock and rusty sills& trunk floor and a holed no.4 piston.
I restored it from 1971 - 1974 fitting a 5 bearing MGB motor, ported head, 25/65 cam & fully balanced with extractor and 4.3:1 MGA diff, stainless steel brake cylinder sleeves, 5.5" wide wheel rims etc. Painted it metallic gunmetal grey and used it as regular every day transport right up to 2004 (30years) including many long trips (one to Tasmania) - still hack it 2-4 days a week. Have replaced all wearing parts at least once ...except diff which is untouched in that time. Fitted brake booster in 1986 & stripped to bare metal & painted 2 pack 'vintage red' in 1989. In 1997, I decided to join Historic Racing car club & explore its potential, lowered 40mm & fitted front 22 mm dia. anti sway bar, with adjustable Pedders shocks, with side exit sports exhaust (sounds fantastic). Have competed each year since then, in at least 15 sprint/hillclimb/track regularity events, placing in class 95% of time, and having great fun, the car is extremely reliable and has turned 6000rpm in top (102mph)- standing 1/4 mile=18sec. Handles very well if a bit heavy, fitted Yokohama 'Advanx' R032 race tyres last year & improved all times 5/6%, but cracked 2 wheels, so have recently fitted 6" wide 'Superlite' cast alloy wheels (look great). Still love the look of the classic ZB Magnette even after 35 years and the sons will inherit it!
George Diggles, Queensland. Australia



KA T 23 23947
Last on the road in 1998 and now need a restoration.


KA T 23 23949

Purchased in 1982 in a crash damaged condition. Totally restored and re-registered in 2004. Modifications include 3.9 Austin Freeway diff, front anti roll bar,air cleaner mod as per register


KA L 23 23955
NGC726 '57 ZB sold 18/7/58 to Ron & Joyce Stenhouse (now aged 80) by Carlisle Motors, Mackay, Queensland, (where I was an apprentice Motor Mechanic). Now back to it's former Glory.Ron donated the original Sales Invoice, Sales Brochure, Service/Instruction book,Warranty /Heater instruction card,Workshop/Parts manual ,original valve radio and the original spare tyre(15 miles use) in the boot. It was the only car Ron never traded on his next purchase. I bought the car in '97.  Col Robinson

NGC726 '57 ZB sold 18/7/58 to Ron & Joyce Stenhouse (now aged 80) by Carlisle Motors, Mackay, Queensland, (where I was an apprentice Motor Mechanic). Now back to it's former Glory.Ron donated the original Sales Invoice, Sales Brochure, Service/Instruction book,Warranty /Heater instruction card,Workshop/Parts manual ,original valve radio and the original spare tyre(15 miles use) in the boot. It was the only car Ron never traded on his next purchase. I bought the car in '97.  Col Robinson


KA L 13  23975
5 former keepers. Vehicle is in good , solid  condition and in everyday use.It was on ebay June 2003, then belonging to Barbara Williams


KA BJ 13 23993
Clive Shelley's Varitone - Had it 4 years, daily use car. Very original and no mods. 47K miles. All works, drives great.


  KA PA 13 24005
Ivory/Black Varitone owned by Committee memeber Alan Slack, Portsmouth


KA J 13 24085
This Magnette is painted in Varitone-style and wears the original straight ZB chrome plus the Varitone chrome and has wire wheels.


Seen on ebay in 8/2008


KA BA 13 24152
This Varitone is very very rusty - and breaking for spares - I sent a photo from the rear showing the re located number plate as this car has a tow hitch fitted. Was owned by a Devon garage owner until his recent retirement. Vehicle is fitted with an altitude meter and compass for the more adventurous driver !!! 
Gobby, Cornwall, UK


KA L 23 24163
Seen on ebay in 1/2012 in NSW


KA A 13 24223
Not a great image - this is the car emerging from six years in storage - but it's the best I've got at the moment!
Alastair Clements


KA J 13 24234
I purchased the car in July 2012
Ian Cox


KA BJ 13 24261
Registered on 25.07.57 this ZB was bought in 1996 by Peter Bonthrone from Wallingford, Oxon. The smaller version hand-build based on a go-cart. More details here. (Peter grew up with Magnettes. When he was a young boy his  stepfather owned two Magnettes. One was scrapped, the other one belong to the webmaster now)


KA L  33 24307

For sale in Sweden in 6/2013. Now in Northern Germany owned by Adam Elmholdt.


KA PC 43 24316
Was on ebay in 04/2005. Still for sale at a Texas dealer in 03/2009.On auction in Houston 10/2009, sold to Canada and has now undergone  a full restoration, including an 1800 transplant. The car resides on Vancouver Island BC Canada.


KA C 43 24385
Keith Holdsworth's ZB from Toronto, Canada.


KA J 23 24486

Informed that it was imported to South Australia by an executive of ES Wigg & Sons (Stationers). Owned for past 12 years by a resident of Mt Pleasant. Brake servo, updated ignition, 3.9 final drive.


KA A 23 24490
Seen ebay in 10/2006 Melbourne, AUS


KA LD 13 24511
Seen on ebay in 12/05


KA T 43 24546
This green Magnette has effectively been scrapped by Trevor Boicy. See # 22878.


KA T 23 24560
Seen on ebay in 05/2005


KA LB 13 24596
Alive and well and living in my garage!
Robin Enticknap, Hampshire,England


KA A 13 24614
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA BJ 13 24620

Been in the family for most of its life. Failed MOT in April 1980 and has been dry stored ever since. Brought to Derby in March 2012 with aim of getting it back on the road Spring 2013. Derek Crocker


KA A 13 24677
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA L 13 24741
The car has been off the road for 30 years last registered in 1980. I am the 3rd owner, it has had extensive work done but has no MOT , hopefully this will be in the next few weeks. I recently took the front off side splash guard off to see what was hidden horrors were hidden this surprised me , as can be seen the inner wing area is in excellent condition hopefully the near side is as good.
The colour is lightblue with black leather and blue pipping, I am told not may cars were made with this colour combination.
Silvey Stuart, Scotland


  KA T 13 24798
Just acquired the car from Ebay, will be modified for rallying purpose. Was home market car.
Jacques Querton, Brussels


KA LD 13 24817
Going to be scrapped for parts by 
Roland van den Eijnden, The Netherlands


KA BJ 13 24836
Hans Pernet's Varitone was first registered on 6.9.57. Hans competed in his Magnette at the Trial to the Nile, a rally from Germany to the Sphinx in Egypt!


 KAA23 24953

Now owned by Holger Scharnberg in Germany


KA BJ 23 24972

I sold it to brother when I was living in the UK. It was then sold to my other brother that passed away a year ago. My sister-in-law then gave it back to me. It was originally my grandmother's car in Durban (hence the ND number plate). The photo is as I received after 5 years in storage in a farm barn.


KA B 33 25006
Seen on ebay in July 2005


New Zealand KA C 23 25037
Was for sale in New Zealand.


KA A !3 25093
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA J 13 25173
This is my current ZB which I bought at the Silverstone International in 2001. I have thoroughly checked it over mechanically and fitted a 4.3 diff for the long drives. Otherwise the car is very original and has only 48,500 miles on the clock. I believe this may be accurate in view of the lack of wear on the mechanical parts. Previously from 1966 to 1980 I owned KA A 13 30862.  Andy Dear,UK


KA PC 13 25246
RHD Varitone scrapped by webmaster during winter 96/97. I bought this car without engine/gearbox. They were needed for a TVR. But there were quite a lot of things I could use. The body still survived without it's chassis number.


KA BJ 13 25257
Original a homemarket car but imported to Germany sometime.


KAC 43 25323

Purchased the car locally from a 20 year owner. Will restore into 'fun driver' condition and enjoy with my family.
Pete Mantell, IL


KA BJ 13 25265
Seen on ebay in 06/2005


KA C 13 25330

The car remained in Scotland with the one family for over 50 years. The car remains in standard format.


KA _ _ 25462
It came from Illinois. Two tone gray, (not a veritone) with minator wheels.
Tom Baumgardner


 KA BA 13 25426

Registered September 1957 in Surrey. Birch Grey/Black.

Having done some research on this car, it has had homes in Surrey, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, London, Kent and Hampshire. In the early 80s, it was fitted with a 3 brg 1800 engine and O/D 3 syncho box.

We acquired it in late 2015, after it had been repainted, in Old English White and a Chevrolet colour, and have been using it whilst improving items as we’ve gone along ( a kind of rolling restoration). There have been some additions of period style modifications, using modern equivalents.


KA A 13 25470
Glamorgan Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA LD 13 25558

My car is in many pieces because of extensive restoration but I have attached a picture taken at just after the start of the strip down.
Roy Callcut


KA TE 13 25555
Restored in 1994 by previous owner. I bought it 30.01.2001. In 2002, the 1500 engine broke its crank, so I fitted an MGB 1800 engine with a stage 1 head, and 3.9 diff. The standard drum brakes cope perfectly well. I am just about to fit Jaguar XK6 front seats, as I find the originals very uncomfortable.
Chris Logue, Surrey, GB


KA PA 13 25590
Sometime after 2011 it was fitted with an MGB engine and a Ford 5 speed gearbox whilst being extensively restored by Moto-Build Ltd of Egham, from whom I bought it in March 2016.I was t6old by them that the previous owner, aMGCC member had taekn her over to France, and she is still fitted with French Headlights.


KA A 23 25599
Originally purchased by S G Bocking from Lankester Engineering, Eden Street Kingston on Thames (BMC Dealership) in June 1957 new. In family ownership ever since (as at date of registration June 1997 when owned by J M Dwyer, son in law of original owner. At that time it was unrestored with recorded mileage of 35500 miles). Now belonging to John Hastie, Melbourne, AUS


KA A 13 25603
Seen on ebay in 03/2005: Twenty four years of disused have obviously taken their toll on the car. The car can only be described as needing complete restoration. The body has had only minimal repairs in the past so you will be dealing with "original rust" in most places.


New Zealand  KA C 23 25640
A right-hand drive export model, originally dark red, and manufactured in 1957. The car was first registered in May 1958 to Dominion Motors Ltd in Wellington, then in December 1958 to Mutual Rental cars Ltd, also in Wellington. From 1960, the car had 5 owners including the current owner s family, and at some stage was re-painted white. The car suffered an engine problem in about 1995, and was driven into this barn on the eastern outskirts of Auckland, where it has remained ever since. The interior is in surprisingly good condition, but the outer body and paintwork has clearly suffered.Under restoration by Daniel Richardson now.


New Zealand KA C 23 25642
The Magnette had spent 54 years in the  South Island, NZ until brought North late last year. Ideally suited for touring it has 5 speed gearbox, 1800cc engine and 4.3:1 diff. It achieved 36.86mpg over 341 miles in 2008.
Peter Yarham, NZ



KAC23 25645

2015 for sale in Auckland. Chassis number is very close to another NZ car, so I wonder if they were part of a batch imported here in 1957/58 ?


KA PC 13 25745
Kashmir beige/maroon varitone owned by Committee member Peter Martin, Tenterden.


South Africa KA T 23 25778
This car belongs to the chairman of the MG Car Club - Border Centre, East London, South Africa


KA T 43 25779
Was for sale on ebay 12/2003 now in the hands of Richard Schaeffer (2006).


KA A 13 25791
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA C 13 25827
After a 4+ year rebuild this Magnette is now just about complete. Brian Reeves owns this car since 14 years. She was build October 1957 and sprayed damask red.


KA PC 13 25886
In its heyday (1980s) this car won a number of show awards. It has six previous owners and was once in the posession of a Magnette Register committee member. This ZB Varitone was originally sold (1957) in colours Ivory/Dark Red. Then it was changed (c1980?)to Ivory/Black. Then in 2000 to Birch Grey/Twilight Grey. It has had no modifications carried out but lots of restorative and maintainance work done on it in the past 50 years.


  KA B 13 25928
Was for sale in 12/2012


KA B 13 25931
Seen on ebay in 11/2008. Last owner had it for 28 yrs.


KA B 13 25932
This car was featured in Practical Classic Sept. 1997. With 5 brg. MGB engine an overdrive it is a good cruiser. The car was imported from England to Germany in 2001 and later sold to Luxemburg.


KA E 13 25944
Original car, beleived to be the 1957 Motor Show car. The car has black leather seats with green pipeing to match the body colour. The car has been dry stored for many years and is in process of having essential maintenance work carried out. Two previous owner's.


KA H 5 26026
The car was found with a scrap car dealer, but is still in running condition. First reg. 1958.  Only the starter and some lights are not working yet. Since a perfect workshop manual was delivered with the car, repairs will be easy.
Maria Lederer, Somerset West, South Africa


KA J 13 26173
Believed to be owned by Ron Flockhart (racing driver) at one time. Been in my family since 1983. 52k believed to be genuine miles
Totally standard down to original carpets and door seals! 2 owners from new in my family since 1981. First owner from 1957 to 1981 when my uncle purchased it and rebuilt.
Nigel Younger


  KA BJ 13 26241
MGB Engine, discs,wire wheels, all added by me since I bought in March 2008. It's only done 800 miles since 1977!!! I'm using it a lot more.
David Burgess


KA L 13 26346
RHD Home market car. At one time was owned by a Royal Navy officer who appears to have brought the car to the US. Car was purchased off eBay out of North Carolina where was supposedly still running eight years ago. Has roof damage where a tree branch fell on it during an ice storm. Will need lots of restoration! First owner a Lt. Cdr. Troke RN. Bought from Strood Motors, Rochester.
Neal Sellars, Texas, USA


KA L 23 26350
Another car from ebay with 1622 engine. Owned by John Cunneen now, who purchased the car in May 2010 from the previous owners who had the car since 1987. It was rebuilt prior to 1987 and painted in about 1996. It is fitted with the Australian B series 1620 engine.


KA T 23 26360
After a 25-year rest, my ZB  is now back on the road as well. A 2-year restoration was finished just in time to take my daughter to her wedding - as it took her mother to her wedding 34 years ago. We even had the same driver! We're looking forward to the MG Car Club midweek run next week so that we can have the first open-road run for a quarter of a century. With a tweaked 5-bearing engine and the original gearing hills are definitely not a problem!
David Overington, NSW, Australia


KA T 23 26362
Mike Greenwood is restoring this Magnette


KA B 23 26494

Purhased in SA -1958,moved to Queensland in the late 60's,then purchased and transported to New south Wales recently  transported back to South Australia. Stock standard vehicle, hope to have back on the road soon.


KA C 43 26561
Another car owned  and rescued by Wray Lemke,Mt. Pleasant, SC


KA BB 33 26631
Owned by Tyronne Hulton, Sweden


KA BA 13 26636
59,000 genuine miles, bought as a non runner now purring away sweetly with minimal effort.
Moira Wallace, Ayr


KA T 43 26668
My dad and I bought this car with intent to use it for endurance rallies and long distance driving. It had been fitted with a 3-main 1800 engine and 3.9 rear end by a previous owner, and I added disc brakes and headers. Unfortunately after one season of driving and two endurance rallies, the car has been retired. At some point in its life it suffered major structural damage due to rust, and it had been poorly repaired and covered up. It may someday see the road again, but not soon. Mark Michalak, Chicago, USA


KA L 43 26695

Imported from the USA to Belgium,then to U.K. 5Speed box, alternator, servo assisted disc brakes on front, full body restoratiion


KA L 43 26699
I am the fifth documented owner, and have the original dealer invoice from when it was sold new as well as every repair invoice since 1958.
Edwin Sweeny, USA


KA B 13 26751
First reg. 20.12.1957 in England.  Imported during the 90's to Germany. Sold to Luxembourg in 2003. Now used by Sonia & Yves Rommes during spring, summer and automn seasons. It's their family car to get to work or to school. No restoration done since 2003. They only have fun and use the car as often as possible.


KA LD 13 26763
Seen on ebay in 7/2007


KA B 43 26823
Ex-californian car imported to Germany in 2000. Engine/transmission missing, but sound body.


KA A 43 26866
Parts car purchased for $200 US several years ago. This one helps to keep the other two ZBs running. However, upon removing the engine and transmission recently, I determined that this car is salvageable. Allen Bachelder, New Castle, Virginia, USA.


KA J 13 26898
I was going to wait until my restoration was finished before sending you the photo - however I may not be capable of typing by the time that's done. I have had the engine rebuilt (Oselli). The interior re-upholstered, carpets and headlinings etc. with compliments to Lou Shorten. The car is down to bare metal with a lot of welding still needed. The photo is from the day I rescued it from the Ibiza woods. The car was built 25.-27.11.1957. Originally Twilight Grey with maroon interior. -Brian Pollard, Spain-


KA B 23 27929
Jo Reed from Victoria owns this nice ZB


KABJ 43 26941
Now owned by Doug Foster in Portland, Oregon, who acquired it from Gene de Ruelle in Nevada, 2016. Other owners include Stephen Taylor


KA L 23 27021
Seen on ebay in 10/2005


KA J 23 27070
My MG was purchased from Lanes dealership in Melbourne (Date unknown).I understand it was kept by the same owner and was last regitered in 1978. It was garaged for twenty years after the death of the original owner in Warrnambool Victoria.The relatives offered it to the person I purchased the car from because of his love for restoring MG's. The previous owner to me didn't get around to working on the car and it is not running nor has much been worked on since 1978.I have started to look over the car and plan to get the car back on the road over the next couple of years.The car is standard and nearly complete minus the heater unit, washer bottle and under dash parcel shelf.From looking at the fantastic restorations by other register users I can't wait to get her back on the road and take her for a spin around the beautiful Yarra Valley where I live.   .Ian Shipton,Victoria, Australia


KA TE 23 27093
Purchased in 1981 while looking for a parts car. Its {it was a very rusty parts car} fate was different although the restoration took me 10years. Originally supplied by P&R Williams of Sydney as a two tone green car, it has been repainted in {non original} English mist over Executive grey. The picture was taken at Barwon Heads [ Victoria Australia]. Troop of Royal Marines forms part of a pedestrian crossing {last is a native recruit?} to a park in the holiday resort of Barwon Heads. KATE turned them into a guard of honour.
Loz Scott, Geelong, Australia


KA LA 23 27109
Maggie has been in my family since my Grandfather purchased and imported her to Australia in March 1959 through Howards in Cairns. She remained with him until his death in 1974 when my mother obtained ownership of the car. She drove Maggie until the late 1990's when my husband and I took over ownership. Our daughters drove the car, making it 4 generations of us who drove her to work. Maggie has been used for many weddings including ours and our daughters (1978 and 2002). Maggie is still in original condition and has never been unregistered having been in constant use for almost 50 yrs. Maggie is a much loved part of the family.
Des & Beth Lucas, Queensland


From chassis # 27110:Handbrake cable fork becomes threaded block