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32868a
32868

KA BA 13 32868
Seen on ebay in 12/2003

11840
11840

KA A 13 11840

At last a photo of my car in the course of being made roadworthy again.
John Emery-Barker

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25791

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

32901a
32901

KA FC 13 32901
My Magnette doesn’t look pretty at present but it is now far more structurally sound than when I purchased it over 20 years ago but its fast becoming a retirement project!! After the initial purchase I thought 2-3 years would see it return to the road but the car was worse than initially estimated. I had to get its strength back in the structure which I have done but there is still a long way to go. Its condition gave me the opportunity to tastefully modify / update without destroying an original car. The modifications are to include: 1800cc 5 bearing “B” series engine, 3 synchro MGB overdrive gearbox,  4.3 ratio rear axle, Tandem hydraulic brake circuit incorporating an in line servo. I hope to paint it in the original beige / maroon as shown on the VIN plate code FC and have uncovered parts of the original colours. Adrian Tomlinson

11832a
11832

  KA D 13 11832

25827a
25827

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.

32910
32910

KA PP 13 32910

Our new family project. Cant wait to restore it...
Kevin Skuce

25886a
25886

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.

25928a
25928

  KA B 13 25928
Was for sale in 12/2012

11948a
11948

KA E 13 11948
This car has only done 22600 miles from new and has spent the last 20 years in a container in the Welsh Valleys. Its grim but solid, apart from the usual lower door and wing corrosion.
Terry Drinkwater

25931a
25931

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

32962a
32962

KA A 21 32962
1958 ZB Restoration project for sale on ebay. Location was Bristol.

11972
11972

KA E 13 11972

First reg. 1/DECEMBER/1955

32976
32976

KA B 21 32976

25944a
25944

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.

26173a
26173

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

26241a
26241

  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

33024a
33024

KA C 11 33024
First registered 14.11.58

33041a
33041

KA TA 13 33041
Mike and Carole Rolls' ZBV 508 SMM.

33044a
33044

 

KA TT 23 33044
For auction at Bonhams 04/2005: "It is believed that this Magnette spent time abroad before returning to the UK and being registered as ‘new’ in 1961. The car had been stored in garage on a Sussex farm for many years before it was spotted in the mid-1980s and bought by the present owner. It was subsequently sent to a firm of professional restorers specialising in MGs and lovingly brought back to its former glory. Exterior finish was changed from the original brown/cream to the aesthetically more pleasing red/cream traditionally associated with MG. We are advised that the restoration was undertaken between 2000 and 2003, and that approximately £12,000 was spent. Presented in very good condition throughout and reported as driving very well, the car is offered with history file containing sundry restoration invoices, expired MoTs and (copy) old-style logbook, and comes with Swansea V5 registration document and MoT to January 2006.
Estimate: £5,000 to 7,000"

 

12466a
12466

KA C 13 12466
It has done a genuine 27k miles from new. It was owned by a lady in Dorset most of its life and then went to Reading - that chap used it in Holland for a while before returning home - he sold it to his neighbour who in 1988 fitted 2 new floors and had the car resprayed/new brakes etc - his wife drove the car a few times and decided she didnt like it as the heater was not good enough ! So it was put in their garage and left there until my fiancee (Sara) bought the car for me. I have fallen in love with them both ! Gobby, Cornwall, UK

12583
12583

 KA B 13 12583

Now owned by Philip Thompson in Hampshire, it was completely restored 2016-2019 and is fitted with an Ivor Searle MGB engine/gearbox

33049
33049

KA LD 13 33049

1800 Engine & Sierra Gearbox Conversion, servo unit, seperate indicators, kenlow fan, alternator/negative earth conversion.

12681a
12681

KA E 13 12681
Jeffrey Bridges's ZA just back on the road

33089a
33089

KA BJ 13 33089
I have owned this car since 1981. It had been sitting unused in a garage in Kingston for 8 years prior to that. Put back on the road in 1984 it has done regular low mileage. Only significant upgrade: halogen headlights and seat belts.
Andy Stevens, Cambridge

12728a
12728

KA E 13 12728
Seen on ebay 5/2007

26636
26636

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

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12769

KA A 13 12769
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

33212a
33212

KA J 11 33212
Bruce Chapman, grandson of Nancy Mitchell, the famous lady rally driver (in a Magnette) of the 1950s, is racing this Magnette.

26763a
26763

KA LD 13 26763
Seen on ebay in 7/2007

12974a
12974

KA A 13 12974
Seen on ebay 9/2005

33557a
33557

KA A 41 33557
The car is located in Florida, for sale by its owner who lives in New Jersey.

12995a
12995

KA A 13 12995
Car featured in  Popular Classics Feb. 1991. Is she still around?

13029a
13029

KA A 13 13029
Seen on ebay

33483a
33483

 

KA FC 13 33483
Seen on ebay in 10/2005

 

13064
13064

KA J 13 13064
Seen on ebay January 2011, but now owned by Stephen Best in Durham, and in different paintwork. First Registered 23 March 1956. Believed to have had bare body restoration by John Shorten 1990-1992, and completely re-upholstered at that time. Fitted with 5-speed gearbox, disc brakes and servo

13084
13084

KA J 13 13084
John Blouet-Smits Magnette was first registered 09.01.1956

33691
33691

  KA __ 15 33691
I bought the car from Graham Springthorpe in 2009, and since owning it have taken it to Le Mans twice (as crew transport for the works MGB team) - currently enjoying her before the next project which will be an uprated diff to make the continental journeys easier.. The chassis no. indicates it as supplied in primer as a CKD without colour! James Hamilton

13180a
13180

KA B 13 13180
Ebay 07/2008: This car was rebuilt in Scotland, many years ago around 1985, driven for less than 1 year and then dry stored in a garage for the next 20 years. It came out of storage around 6 years ago and was put back on the road.

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33695

KA A 13 33695
Norththumberland Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

13188a
13188

KA B 13 13188
John Hale's "ZaZa". Believed to be sold to Japan.

33761a
33761

KA B 11 33761
Gobby's other ZB - owned by one family from new - it is very original and complete and is totally standard - and will be restored when I get around to it.  
Gobby, Cornwall

13088
13088

 KAJ 13/13088

Owned in 2018 by Darshan Mukesh Sanghvi in Kolkata, India

27128a
27128

KA BJ 13 27128

27223a
27223

KA C 13 27223
Now owned by Richard Thomson, and fitted with a 5 speed gearbox and 1800 engine

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33948

KA A 13 33948
Jersey Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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33949

KA A 13 33949
Jersey Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

27270
27270

  KA TA 13 27270
An original Manumatic, now being restored by Mike & Pam Willan after a long time in storage. Previous owners include Aileen George and Silwyn Jones. Mike is adapting the Manumatic system to a 5-bearing MGB engine

27298
27298

KA B 13 27298

Restored in 1991, when the colours were reversed. Now owned by Barry Milsom.

34125
34125

KA T 11 34125

 

34254a
34254

KA BJ 13 34254
Owned by a bachelor

34330a
34330

 

KA A 11 34330
Picture found somewhere on the web. The car is now at Gaydon museum.

 

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27469

KA LA 13 27469

 

34407a
34407

KA TU 13 34407
One Careful Owner from New. Joan Evans is one of our special members who is over eighty years old and therefore now qualifies for a free subscription to Enjoying MG. Joan has owned her MG Magnette ZB Varitone since it was bought new in 1958 by her father for her personal use and she has driven the car on an almost a daily basis ever since. The MG sports saloon is still in superb running order and always fires up at the first press of the starter button. The only modifications that have been made to the Magnette are the fitting of an electric windscreen washer and separate rear flashers, as the original rear indicator system was inadequate and hazardous. The Magnette is only on its fourth heavy duty battery from new and has covered 96,960 miles in total. The Magnette is very special to Joan and her husband Roy who says that the wherever they go the MG is much admired by young and old alike. 
From Enjoying MG, the magazine ofthe MGOC, Okt.2004

34426a
34426

KA LD 13 34426
I bought this car in mid 2005 at which time it had just had an MGB 1800 engine/rear axle/brake servo fitted. In 2006 I had a 5 speed Sierra gearbox fitted and in early 2007 had both rear wings and section beneath the boot completely replaced and resprayed including work to the rear spring hangers and inner offside wing.
Next on the list, when I get some money, is a disc brake conversion on the front and new springs all round. We use the car regularly and normally take it to France, with other MG's, on holiday each year.
Reg Boulton

27502
27502

KA PC 13 27502

First reg. 07/02/1958

34482a
34482

 

KA BA 13 34482
Bought by Nigel and Bev Bartram Oct 2008 - bodywork in good order, restored electrics and dash but engine needs work.

 

27588a
27588

KA LD 13 27588

34483a
34483

KA BA 13 34483
MGA wire wheels, Weber carb., restored in 2004 to very high standard.
Geoffrey Elliott, Noththumberland

34535a
34535

 

KA A 13 34535
First registered 6th October 1958. Now fitted with a 1622 engine and belonging to Derek Pickering, Secretary, The Durham MG Club

 

22177
22177

 KAJ22177

This car has had at least 6 owners and 4 different registration numbers (partly due to confusion over chassis number), and was restored by John and Lou Shorten. It was purchased in 2018 by Donald Dalton from North Yorkshire, who has owned an MGB and other classics for many years

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22038

 KAAA13/22038

Various modifications by the previous owner for historic rallying, including uprated engine, overdrive gearbox and custom exhaust. Was originally a black single-colour Varitone but now green

34865a
34865

KA BJ 13 34865
Bev Croft's Concours winner.

34892a
34892

KA BA 13 34892
Originally brown and cream varitone, now green varitone.
Peter Chowney

34970a
34970

KA E 11 34970
Island Green ZB Green Leather interior. 45K miles (genuine) Bought new by my late grandfather (allegedly one of the last made ..?)and inherited by me. Fully operational- MOT every year. Rebuilt engine. Bodywork entirely rust free(inner & outer sills replaced/waxoyled).Front wings had some dinks removed and resprayed otherwise as original.Still had  yellow factory inspection mark (presumably)inside bonnet until recently. Very good chrome. Always attracts attention. Not used enough! Tim Grover

36069a
35069

KA PB 13 35069
Seen on ebay in 11/2005. Seems to be a very original car with only two previous owners.

35237a
35237

KA J 11 35237
A blue ZB that was for sale in August 2002

35298
35298

KA BJ 13 35298

Last used in the Notts area for many years before being passed to a gentleman in Northamptonshire and stored for a few years. I purchased the car in 2015 for a "project" with one floor/sill removed, but otherwise complete.
I am currently rebuilding PFY 433  hoping to return it  to a roadworthy condition.

 

katu13_35260
35260

  KA TU 13 35260
Colin Jones' Magnette

35345a
35345

 

KA FC 13 35345
The car was registered to Air Vice Marshall Arthur Percy Ledger, who kept it until his death in 1969. I bought it in May 1969 from a family member who inherited the car but didn’t use it.  It was our only family transport for 5 years then failed its MoT in 1974 at which time we decided to buy another car and eventually restore the Magnette. Three houses and many cars later we took it to John Shorten in Norwich in April 2006 and brought it home almost exactly one year later. It has the original engine and the work done was very comprehensive, including the fitting of 2 ‘new’ right hand doors and front wing I had owned since 1970, still in factory primer with the tags attached. It was taken down to bare metal and re-sprayed in the original cellulose colours. I have new carpets and headlining, as well as new inner door panels still to fit – that will be part of this year’s work but my wife Sheila and I are looking forward to going to Silverstone and other events throughout the year even in its slightly unfinished state. I advise people that it has been a financial disaster, but only in simple money terms. In respect of an investment in my retirement, which starts in 5 weeks’ time, it will be worth every penny. I attach a photograph for you to see when we got it home last year, then at Sledmere in Yorkshire: Barrie Hope.

 

35474
35474

KA L D 13 35474

A University Motors Car. Shown when competing in the 1990 Monte Carlo Rally. Currently under restoration

35476
35476
35478a
35478

KA LD 13 35478
Illes Anthony's Varitone built in September 1958 now with 5-speed-gearbox

35486a
35486

KA LA 13 35486
After years of admiring Magnettes I finally found the right one. A deal was struck and she was shipped from England to Oklahoma where she shares a garage with a ‘63 MGB. The Magnette is in excellent shape for its age and runs great. There is a restoration plan in the future, but for now my wife and I just enjoy traveling in style.
Lann Mauck, Oklahoma, USA

35522
35522

KA BJ 13 35522

 

35796a
35796

KA A 11 35796
A former black Magnette freshly restored in winter 2010. Herre visiting the youngest known Magnette and second last that left the factory.

35891a
35891

KA TA 13 35891
Island/Cedar Green Varitone owned and extensively restored by Lawrence & Val Miller from Plymouth.

35895a
35895

KA UU 13 35895
Seen on ebay in 5/2009

35923a
35923

KA J 13 35923
Tony Brinsden

35934a
35934

KA BJ 13 35934
This Maggie was offered to Gobby of Cornwall to buy, but the car is too badly corroded to save and will ,he's sure, be broken for spares. Supplied by Mumfords garage in Plymouth ,Devon. Owned by Mr John Ashton who lives in Landrake, Cornwall. Spookey that it is supplied by the same dealer as my Wolseley 4/44 and is only a few cars from my 'unusual varitone' ! being either 35963 or 35863 ! Purchased in July 2005 by Mike Hearn. Now the  car is a real jem. What happened?

35947a
35947

KA BJ 13 35947
John Weston-Smith sent me this picture from 1987 some time ago. He found the car in London, parked on the street. The owner had not used it for some time and the clutch was seized. They managed to free it though and it was a really nice driving car as he said. It's was fitted with wire wheels, MGB engine and Jaguar Mk2 rear lights. It was sold around 1989 to someone living on the south coast of England. Is it still around?

35963a
35963

KA FC 13 35963
A Mystery! An ordinary ZB with Varitone chassis no. This is an old picture. Meanwhile the car needs a restoration which she will get in Cornwall.

35976a
35976

KA PA 13 35976

36078a
36078

KA _ 11 36078
This is when I got it after spending the last 6years in a garage now under restoration
Christopher Sharpe, UK

36079a
36079

 

KA C 11 36079
I have owned it since Sept 2000, and have completed a few cosmetic jobs - recarpeted, rechromed, resealed underneath, added correct headlamps, renewed boot lining, added brake servo, added flashing indicators with hazard warning, had leather repaired and recoloured. Now in very nice condition to original spec (it had been structurally and mechanically rebuilt and resprayed damask red in late 1990s by previous owner). It won 2nd prize Pride of Ownership at Norwich 2001.
Bob Hough, Dorset, England

 

36145a
36145

KA __ 15 36145
First reg. 02.12.1958. Identification number says it was delievred "primed".

36219a
36219

KA T 11 36219
Seen on ebay in 11/2007

36224
36224

KA T 11 36224

Imported from USA in 1997 Keeper Then a John Richardson then aMr. Derek Shaw. Supercharged Original colour was Island green. Build Date Nov./ Dec 1958 Unable to find any other history from USA

36225a
36225

KA T 11 36225
Finished in rare and very attractive 'Island Green' this example retains its carefully refurbished original bottle green leather interior and dark green wheels. The interior wooden dash and headlining are also in good condition. According to the vendor, the car has been the subject of a sympathetic restoration by the last two owners, using new parts from world-renowned ZB specialists John and Lou Shorten. It is understood (but not warranted that) over £10,000 has been spent returning this car to it's prime - money well spent judging by it's crisp handling. The vendor also states that “a complete doors off, windows out re-spray, new screen rubbers and Waxoyling making this the ideal car for classic rallying - Nancy Mitchell was very successful in a ZB back in the 1950s – or continental touring.

36349a
36349

KA BJ 13 36349
This picture is from 1964 when I acquired the car. 100,000 miles and 40 years storage later I still own her and start to restore now.
John Clark

36420
36420

KA A 11 36420

This car had been stored outside (and still is, in a field) apparently for some time. It looks to be in generally very poor health.There is quite serious corrosion on most panels and the floor looks completely shot.
36439a
36439

KA T 11 36439
Paul Gray's future project.

36601a
36601

KA PC 13 36601
John Murphy's '58 Varitone 

36658a
36658

KA T 11 36658
I believe it was first registered Jan 59.  Original colour island green, original owner had it for 26 years, lived in Charlton, London. I'm using it as my daily driver at present and loving every mile. 
Mark Gray, Kent, UK

36970a
36970

KA JJ 13 36970
90% complete and running, but the restoration will presumably take some time.
Trevor Panter from Gloucestershire

37017a
37017

 

KA TU 13 37017
Geof Hartland's ZBV YEL 411  fitted with brake servo and disc brakes. Has overcome heater problems by fitting a Rover 216 heater

 

37037a
37037

 

KA LD 13 37037
Blue Varitone first registered 2 Jan 1959, and still with original interior and period-accessory 'Ace Mercury' wheel trims. It was repainted in 2006, but has never required full restoration due to the care lavished by its second owner, Tony Sanger. He kept the car for 32 years until I bought it in 2003, after it appeared as the main photo subject in a Practical Classics article.  Stephen Tickell, Surrey UK

 

37061a
37061

  KA BJ 13 37061
Owned by David Watson

37055
37055

 KA BJ 13 37055

One of the last Z Magnettes produced, acquired in 2019 by John Tudgay in Monmouth

37085a
37085

KA FC 13 37085
A nice ZB Varitone