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120 - 1957 MG Magnette ZB (Race prepared)

 
 
 
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Registration 978 EPA
Chassis Number KAA1325603
Engine Number 7803
Odometer reading 59,868 miles
Estimate £12,000 - £16,000
Result Sold - £15,680

There were two distinct series of the 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.

This MG Magnette was originally supplied by Manor Circus Motors Ltd, in Richmond, Surrey on 2nd October 1957 at a cost of £1,086-10-9d; 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. Sadly, due to poor health, the car has never been used in anger although it should take very little input from a new owner to enable this. 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 a 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 a comprehensive history folder. Interested parties are advised to view the Magnette in person as the quality and list of works carried out is certainly impressive.