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CROWNE PLAZA RESORT - FIVE LAKES
COLCHESTER ROAD, TOLLESHUNT KNIGHT
MALDON, ESSEX,CM9 8HX
Viewing is from 3:00pm until 8:00pm on Saturday 12th November,
10:00am on Sunday 13th November
1963 MG MAGNETTE Mk IV "FARINA"
LEFT HAND DRIVE, AUTOMATIC
In 1961 MG replaced their Mk3 Farina bodied Magnette with the MK4 improving the handling and engine along the way with new anti-roll bars front and rear, suspension that lowered the ride height of the car plus a longer, wider wheel base. The engine was replaced using the 1622cc unit from their successful sports car the MGA. All this gave these later MG saloons handling and performance more akin to the sports car heritage associated with the “MG” name.
This superb example is a very rare automatic gearbox equipped Left Hand Drive model that was manufactured for the USA home market and first registered in 1963. Having spent most of its life prior to re-importation in a warm dry climate and with only 67000 odd miles recorded in total, it has survived excellently both externally and internally.
Presented in a lovely hue of dark green, the paintwork appears to be original with only small areas where the expected odd scratch etc have been rectified over the years. As the vendor states, this car has never been rusty or restored. The interior is the same, still original in Dove Grey leather and having never had a radio fitted the dash is un-cut with the original matching wood blanking plate in place and unused standard speaker mount below. There is a small area of discoloration to the driver’s seat bolster which seems to be where something was spilt and then cleaned at some point. Easy to recolonise to lose this which the vendor resisted doing as he preferred its originality.
Mechanically the vendor describes the engine as “runs as quiet as a mouse” with the auto gearbox operating as it was designed to, as do all the other mechanics on the car. In fact in 2015 he completed a 1000 odd mile trip through France visiting the famous WW2 sites such as Normandy, all without the car missing a beat.
The car comes complete with a large file of old MOT’s, invoices etc etc plus handbooks, manuals and period sales literature, it even has an original American “Pink slip” . The vendor also wants to bring to attention to all perspective owners, the car is so original it is still running as a “positive Earth” car as designed.
With only 7 in total Farina bodied MK3 and 4 Magnettes now left taxed for road use and one more on SORN, these cars are getting exceedingly rare and are increasing in value every day. This is a turn key ready to go car with the vendor placing a new MOT prior to its sale at the auction. Being offered at the sort of reserve that makes it a must buy for any collector or somebody looking for an entry into affordable classic car ownership.
NOTE. Personal plate has been removed now back on the correct Age Related “A” suffix plate and a “Heritage Certificate” for the car is in the paperwork. The original amber front lenses are supplied if the new owner wishes to replace the clear ones with amber bulbs that are currently fitted. MOT now carried out which it passed with flying colours.
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