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KA E 23 7790

Bought new by Mr Lim of Penang on 5th Sept 1955, sold to a Mr. Kelly on 2nd July 1977 who was stationed at the Butterfield AirForce Base. Arrived in Melbourne Australia on 7th January 1980. It turned up in Sydney for sale in 1986 as a restoration project. It was bought by Mr. Baker from Ulladulla NSW, restored over the next couple of years. Was issued "Club Plate 007" in 1990 and sold locally in 1994 to a Mr. Walpole . I purchased the car in 2012 and was issued the plates as pictured. The car is original, is in need of a little work. The hockey strips are still in Penang next to a gate post.


KA J 43 7760
The remains of a Magnette on Hawaii. Will start a new life as show car with frame and Chevy V8. More...


KA C 23 7723
My newly acquired MG Magnette ZA 1955.I am the fourth owner of this vehicle which has spent  it life up to now in the Australian country city of Goulburn  south of Sydney. Purchased in August 2004  and relocated to Canberra. Only modification is the installation of a 1622cc motor by an unknown previous owner. Member of the MG CC Canberra.
Graham Gittins, Australia


KA A 33 7672



KA A 43 7670

Located a a dutch classic car dealer in 3/2016


KA A 23 7660
Warren Marsh handing over the key to Robert Schmitz from Bamberg/Germany. He bought th car in 2000 and imported it to Germany.


KA A 23 7652
First reg. Sept. 1955. Delivered by Lane's Motors Ltd of Melborne with serial numbered plaque in passenger side footwell. In dry storage from 1976 to Dec 1999 by original owner. Purchased by myself as a proud second owner, and carefully restored. The car now has flashing indicators for safety reasons. Engine upgraded to 1622cc plus a 4:3 Diff ratio and with ZB carbs / air inlet equipment
John Russell, Melbourne, Australia.


KA A 13 7628
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA A 13 7627
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA E 13 7580

I have just acquired a 1955 ZA Magnette.It was on ebay described as an abandoned restoration project and whilst not quite a bare rolling shell it came with most parts detached - even the (MGB) engine and gearbox were just sitting on the cross members.I doubt that it has been driven for years.I must now audit the components and try and find any missing items - back to ebay !
The current (UK) registration plate is OSK 686, but this is not its original one.
The total mileage is recorded as 17546, but of course this could be 117546.  However the seats are hardly worn (the best preserved part of the car) so it just might be true.

KA C 43 7558


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


KA A 43 7477
"Ginty" spent most of his life in Sunny Southern California coming to BC in 2006. Ginty is equipped with a Roots type Supercharger, front disc brakes,  an alternator, and an MGA rear axle to cope with modern traffic conditions,  and he does so very well.....In Airsmoothed Style! Rich McKie
Update 07/2008: Ginty has now been fitted with 4 wheel disc brakes and MGA Twin-Cam wheels to resemble the development car that John Thornley drove as his personal car. I think it looks quite good!
More pictures...


KA A 43 7472
ebay USA 9/2006


KA E 23 7415
The picture was taken at a Motorist Appreciation Day rally. We received the perpetual, " Restorers Award " at our club presentation recently which was very exciting.
Lyle Constable, NSW, Australia


KA 739

First date reg 12-04-1954 , only 7 owners.


KA J 23 7360

One of Andy Knigths Magnettes in Australia



KA E 13 7227
Seen on ebay July 2009


KA E 13 7214



KA C 23 7116
After owning a 1969 MGB for ten years, it was time for a change. I purchased the 1955 MGZA from P. Ramsden (Perth WA) on 29/3/06.After having it transporting it back to Bendigo,it was of to the workshop, replacing the brake hoses and a few other worn pins and bushes etc and fitting a reconditioned tailshaft and yokes, the car is now ready to be a daily driver. Being fitted with the MGA engine and Diff it cruises nicely down the road at 110Kph (70mph). The car
has been re-named "Lizzie" by my wife in honour of my late sister who was born in the same year. Both my wife and I have been members of MGCC's in Sydney and Brisbane and will be joining the Victorian MGCC and look forward to many years of touring and meeting others with like intrests in MG's.


KA C 23 7115
ZA Magnette which is undergoing a slow restoration. The picture shows the car when it arrived back in 2009.
Les Hall, Victoria


KA A 23 7081
on ebay 02/2008:
I am offering my ZA Magnette for sale. I bought the car locally in 1984 and have used it on/off as a regular driver since then.

Please Note: The car is fitted with a 2 L Mitsubishi motor (Sirius motor as fitted to Cordia, Starion) This is coupled to a 5 speed box.I know this is sacrilege to MG fans but it was a very successful conversion making it a great car to drive.
Read more about this car....


KA J 43 6990

Ken Beisser purchased her in 2010


KA C 23 6960
Bruce Bramhill from Victoria, Australia bought this Magnette in need of full restoration. The result after 5,5 yrs restoration:


KA C 23 6956
Purchased on ebay by John Cuneen.
Now sold to be used to repair a ZA racer which hit the wall at Eastern Creek Raceway. It is now owned by Bruce Smith.


KA E 23 6904


KA J 43 6836
One of six Magnettes on a scrapyard in Arizona that were to be crushed at the end of July 2004


KA 666

Another early Magnette that appeared on ebay in 9/2006. With air scoops that were an option then.


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


KA J 33 6538
This wonderful left hand drive ZA Magnette was produced in 1955 and originally sold to North America. Since 1999, she was completely restored by Peter Herbst of Cologne, Germany, in a four years period. The grey leather interior matches to the dark blue outside colour in harmony. This beauty is quick and comfortable. I aquired her in February 2008 and our first journey was to the Magnette Meeting in Kassel. I will keep her forever. Wolf Juchem, Germany.


KA J 43 6537
"Ziggy" belongs to Rich Mooers in the USA on Long Island/New York City. This picture was taken at the Limerock Vintage Festival 2001. The car was adopted from Mike Sarvas, who has the largst collection of MG models in the world.


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


Austria KA C 23 6456
Maroon homemarket RHD ZA. Was brought to Germany, where she went through several hands. Now sold to Thomas Nebauer in Austria.


Netherlands KA A 33 6443
This ZA has only done 70,000 km so far (about 50,000 mls). It's an original LHD Dutch car and has had only 3 owners from new : It now belongs sine many years to Hans and Monique Evers, who only use her rarely. It still has the original tin-top dash and all the papaers are still with the car.


KA A 13 6423
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally


KA  628

Another one of the few non-quarterlight Magnettes. Was MOT'd just for the Golden Jubilee in 2005 by it's current owner. 


KA E 33 6175
The car has always been danish since 1955 when it was built. It has run 117.000 kilometres from new. First reg. 27 April 1955 We use the car in daily use in the spring, summer and autumn. The registration numberstill is the original from the first day. Gert Jakobsen, Denmark,www.bordercollies.dk


KA A 13 6048
Owned by Trevor Morris virtually one owner car and very original


KA J 13 5911

5911 was registered in March 1955 and is an early ZA still with its metal top dashboard. This car has a 1622 gold seal engine with an MGA diff and is otherwise original including plate UHU59. Owned by Stephen Gell


KA J 23 5901

An early 'tintop' ZA which has been totally restored by Martin Howey in North Yorkshire



KA A 13 589
A barn find in France in 2005.


KAE 13 5794
First registered 29.03.55 now belonging to Ronald Faulkner, living in Germany. The most special on this car is it's engine: it's a Diesel! Read more about it...


KA 572

ebay 01/2012
more pictures


KA    571

last seen on ebay in 08/2006


KA A 13 5684
Seen on ebay in 8/2004


KA A 13 5650
David Graham from Quebec, Canada sent us a picture of his early ZA, first registered March 1955:
"The ZA was purchased in Plymouth, Devon.  In April 1981 it was shipped from Liverpool to Montreal, Canada.  The car was driven to Halifax, Nova Scotia on the East coast and then in the fall of 1981 towed to Victoria, British Columbia, on the West coast of Canada.  In 1984 I rebuilt the engine, fixed a few (maybe quite a few) other small problems and then drove across Canada, first to Kingston, Ontario and then on to Montreal.  The ZA has lived in Montreal since 1986.


This car was first registered on  26.02.1954. It was for sale on ebay in October 2007. Highest bid  £750,00 but didn't  reach reserve. More pics...


KA A 13 5510
Was for sale on ebay in September 2003. The owner inherited the car from his late brother and has decided it really wasn't what he wanted and therefore decided to sell it.


KA C 33 5405

Standing in a barn since 1977, now under restoration.


Chassis 537 was the first car built in 1954. It later became known as "Bumble"when  in the hands of Judy Andreason competing in the Classic Saloon car series of races during the '70s. Originally painted black, then painted in the "Cream Cracker" colours of brown and cream. Shown here in race trim. The original doors without quarterlight had been removed and stored save. It is believed that this car is now in Japan. If you know more about the whereabouts, please contact us!!


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


KA _ __ 5327
1955 ZA (veritoned) with Tin Top dash Owner - Paul and Stephie Rollins, Vancouver Washington, USA
Car has led a hard life, but is still very solid, and Paul will slowly bring it around as he's had another ZBV in the past.
Update: Installed MGB, 5-main, 1800 cc engine; Datsun 280ZX five-speed; 4.3:1 diff. Car is now a fabulous highway cruiser -- 70 mph is a breeze.


KA    531

Ex-Motor Show of Amsterdam Car.  Scrapped 1980. Seen here in an unoriginal colour scheme, was Grey with grey interior.


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 A 33 5283
This '55 ZA was registered in Austria. Whereabouts unknown.


  KA C 33 528

Ex-Kopenhagen-Motor-Show Car(Denmark). Was Maroon with biscuit interior. Since 2000 under restoration by Paul Dalkov, proud owner of two other Varitones!
Here are pictures before the start of the restoration


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 A 23 5079
Restoration project of Davies Digger, Queensland


KA A 13 507

This is one of only eight cars that were finished in 1953. Was works demo (photo car). For sale in August 2004. Probably the oldes excisting Magnette. Read more...


Maroon with biscuit interior and with fitted radio went to University Motors, London, where press launch party was held in the presence of Thornley, Palmer and other luminaries. This picture taken from Palmer's Autobiography (see books) which is titled "...Here am I speaking at the London launch of the Magnette". So I assume the car in front is #504.


One of the Earls Court Motor Show cars. Green body with biscuit interior and a radio fitted. Doors have been removed for better viewing of the interior.


KA A 43 4994
'55 ZA rusting away in Loch Sheldrake N.Y.


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 C 33 4936
Per Malmros spotted this car for sale on the internet in May 2010


  KA C 33 4930
A Swedish Car spotted by Göron Jonsson.


KA A 43 4843
This car was owned until mib 2010 by the first owner. Read the story....


KA _ 13 4776
Supplied and used around North Devon now based in Cornwall. The printed body no. excludes a colour reference (supplied in primer?) and was purchased by the current owners in the original cream paint, now re-sprayed twilight grey


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.


KA J 13 4742


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 A 13 4660
First reg. 26.01.1955


  KA E 33 4552
First registered 01.01.1955, it spent some years in Sweden, but is now owned by Marc Spens in Belgium


KA E 31 4538
Picture from the Swedish archive


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


First car in 1955 (approximate)


Bonnet release rod modified


KA J 23 4215
Seen on ebay Australia in November 2008,meanwhile in new ownership.


KA J 23 4067

Purchased in 1956 in Armidale NSW Australia by my father Norman McGrath . The MG 457 plates are original NSW issue not personalised plates. The old man loved his Maggie, but being a country lad, he was into horses, so Maggie carried it's fair share of hay bales and saddles. Originally dark grey, Dad figured MGs should be red and got his mate to give it a (shabby) paint job in the late 60s. Apart from the colour change the car is in original condition with 67,300 miles. I've had it since 1990 and kept it garaged, dry and running. My sons are 19 & 17 and we've been working on the mechanics recently, it's great to have their Grandpa's car to tinker with. I still have the three original manuals, very helpful. We wont go concours on it as we want to keep lots of it's personality. The body is rust free, I think we'll go back to the original colour, new front seat leather and carpets, the headlining is in good condition and dash is still pretty good. Might put wires on it one day?


KA J 33 4038
One of Harald Sonesson's projects.

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.

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.


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

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

Grant Howlett


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


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


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


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)

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

Leonard Rolls


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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!


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.