Lot 222 - 1958 12990 Magnette ZB Varitone

Lot 222 - 1958 12990 Magnette ZB Varitone

Lot 222 - 1958 12990 Magnette ZB Varitone

Lot Number 222
Registration 697EPJ
Chassis Number KABA1327847
Engine Number RL82019-48G356FA
Odometer reading 62,239 miles
Estimate £14,000 - £16,000
Result Sold - £15,120

There were two distinct series of these Magnettes; the ZA and ZB of 1953 through to 1958. The ZA was launched in 1953 and was the first monocoque car to bear the MG badge. The Magnette featured modern Italian inspired styling with power derived from the then new four cylinder 1.5 litre engine delivering 60bhp driving the rear wheels through a four speed manual gearbox. The ZA was replaced by the Magnette ZB in 1956 with power increased to 64bhp, The extra power increased the top speed to 86mph and reduced the 0-60mph time to 18.5 seconds, sharing an engine to the similar Wolseley 15/50. The interior was improved and there was also a Varitone model with a larger rear window and optional two tone paintwork. This used a standard pressed steel body shell, the rear window opening being enlarged in the Morris Motors' body shop, Cowley, before painting.

Restored to a very high standard, this ZB Varitone is offered in a beautiful colour combination of cream and burgundy two tone with completely new biscuit leather interior. With an 1800cc MGB engine coupled to a five speed gearbox, MGB differential, Downton stainless steel exhaust by Ranfold, new tyres and, importantly, having been built on a completely rust free chassis, this can be considered one of the best Magnette's in the country and has attended many shows as such. Owned by a keen MG enthusiast, every inch of this car has been lovingly put together and today still drives like a new car. Accompanied by a service history, V5 and an extensive history file including pictures of the restoration, you can be satisfied that no stone has been left unturned. This truly is an excellent example of an appreciating classic and will be a pleasure to drive home in.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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