1957 MG Magnette ZB Sports Saloon Sold

One of the best you will see, very eye-catching body with new 2-tone paint job, new chrome, new interior, thousands spent in last 4 years , car now ready for the 2017 Show Ring, which coincidently matches the number plate SHO 327, similar plates are being advertised from £5,000 to £12,000, but it goes with the car as an added bonus.

Summary of other work carried out:-

Engine rebuilt by Mech Spec Ltd.
Unleaded conversion.
Carbs rebuilt by Chic Doig.
Reconditioned Gearbox by Lou Shorten., the Magnette specialist.
Recon steering rack and bushes replaced (Lou Shorten)
Stainless Steel Exhaust (LS)
Recon rear leaf springs incl new rubber bushes (Owen Springs Sheffield)
Door capings re-veneered.
New sills.
New Swallow Mascot.
Nicely detailed engine bay.

Will let the pictures speak for themselves.

To view and try this lovely car call/text John on 07909 231414.

Based in Lytham St Annes but can arrange transport for £1 pr/mile one way.

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I now have some history from the son of the 2nd owner. He took his Driving Test in this same car in 1968 in High Wycombe. His Dad acquired the car from a relative who purchased it new. His son said there is a black and white pic of him aged about 10 in front of the Magnette which he said he would try and locate for me. The car was passed on to one of his relatives in the seventies and he lost track of it.until he saw my advert for it. He said the upholstery was originally black.

This car is the subject of a Classic Car Weekly Road Test to be published shortly.


Technical History

The Magnette ZA was announced on 15 October 1953 and debuted at the 1953 London Motor Show. Deliveries started in March 1954. Production continued until 1956, when 18,076 had been built. It was the first monocoque car to bear the MG badge.

Built alongside the MG Sportscar range, the evocative sweeping lines of the Magnette were designed by Gerald Palmer, designer of the Jowett Javelin. It was the first appearance of the new four cylinder 1.5 L (1489 cc) B-Series I4 engine with twin 1¼ inch SU carburettors delivering 60 bhp (45 kW) driving the rear wheels through BMC’s new four speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios.

Suspension was independent at the front using coil springs and had a live axle with half elliptic leaf springs at the rear. The steering was by rack and pinion. Hydraulically operated Lockheed 10 in (254 mm) drum brakes were fitted to front and rear wheels. When leaving the factory the Magnette ZA originally fitted the recently developed belted textile-braced, radial-ply Pirelli Cinturato 165HR14 tyres (CA67).