Lot 394 - 1956 MG Magnette ZA
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
The Magnette ZA was the first monocoque car to bear the MG name. Launched in 1953 at the London Motor Show, deliveries of the ZA did not begin until March 1954 with production continuing until 1956. The MG Magnette was designed by Gerald Palmer who made his name with the Jowette Javelin and featured modern Italian inspired styling. Power came from the then new four cylinder 1489 cc B Series engine fitted with 1¼ inch twin SU carburettors delivering 60 bhp driving the rear wheels through a four speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios. The 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 and had hydraulically operated Lockheed 10 in (254 mm) drum brakes were fitted to front and rear wheels. The car had leather trimmed individual front seats and a rear bench seat. The dashboard and door cappings were in polished wood. Although the heater was standard, the radio was still an optional extra. Standard body colours were black, maroon, green, and grey.
We are pleased to present this beautiful example of an MG Magnette ZA that has, in recent years, undergone extensive refurbishment. The coachwork has been stripped back to bare metal, restored and refinished in Mason's Black and is complimented by an interior that has been re-trimmed with tan leather. The engine and gearbox are the original units with the benefit of the engine having been recently overhauled. To improve braking, the front drum brakes have been replaced with disc and pads. Adorning the exterior, the bright work has all been re-chromed and a new set of chrome wire wheels and new tyres have been added. We are advised that this UK registered MG will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate.
The MG Magnette ZA is a capable and well thought of motor car that forms an important part of MG history and is offered with an estimate that is somewhat considerably less than the restoration costs. This is therefore, an opportunity indeed.
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