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Monday 13 July 2020

1957 MG MAGNETTE ZB - HISTORICS AUCTIONS 10th Anniversary Grand Summer Sale Windsorview Lakes Horton Road, Datchet SL39HY Berkshire SATURDAY 18th JULY 2020



10th Anniversary  Grand Summer Sale
Windsorview Lakes
Horton Road, Datchet
SL39HY Berkshire

Registration978 EPA
Chassis NumberKAA1325603
Engine Number7803
Odometer reading60,642 miles
Estimate£12,000 - £16,000

This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY
There were two distinct series of the Magnettes; the ZA and the ZB, produced from 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.
This MG Magnette was originally supplied by Manor Circus Motors Ltd, in Richmond, Surrey on 2nd October 1957 at a cost of £1,086s-10-9d; the original bill of sale is included in the comprehensive history file. In recent years, the car has undergone a huge transformation to prepare it for track racing and hill climbs. The bodywork was extensively repaired over a seven-year period with new sills, floors, doors, and wing repair panels. A full roll-cage has been installed with extensions to the front bulkhead and chassis rails as well as inside the sill box sections making this an extremely strong and rigid bodyshell. The engine is based on an MGB 1800 five main-bearing crankshaft and has been tuned to Stage Six producing around 125bhp. The gearbox is from an MGB and has an overdrive unit. The suspension has heavy-duty springs with AVO adjustable shock absorbers; MGB hubs and disc brakes are fitted - a necessity to help slow this now rapid vehicle. A V5C registration document accompanies this MG together with an extensive history folder. Interested parties are advised to view the Magnette in person as the quality and list of works carried out is certainly impressive.

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