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Lot 240: 1958 MG ZB Magnette

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

The first of the post-war Magnettes was shown to an eager world in 1953. Like the earlier pre-war Magnette, the car was aimed at the young sporting professional with a requirement for saloon accommodation in his motorcar. It incorporated all of the latest in construction techniques with the use of a monocoque body. Front suspension was by wishbone with coil springs and the engine was a B series BMC unit with twin carburetors. The car was sumptuously equipped with full leather interior and fine wooden dashboard and door cappings. It was advertised as being fitted with a heater, something that was still a selling feature in the early 1950's. The overall package was too good to miss and the Magnette outsold all other Abingdon produced saloons. On offer today is probably one of the finest Magnettes available. This low mileage car, (62,300 genuine miles from new with complete supporting documentation) is finished in Twilight Grey-green with apple green leather and cloth trim with red carpets is a "time warp" example and is in largely original condition. Excellent mechanically, with very original bodywork and completely original interior and original walnut dashboard and door cappings. Original tools and period Pye radio are also fitted.Offered with the car is a complete history file including all MoT's, original owners manuals, ownership and maintenance records and a letter dating from 1963, from the son of the first owner in Jersey stating that his father decided to have a factory replacement engine fitted at approximately 25,000 miles to regain the "tight" feel of the engine.The car was stored in the 1970's and originally purchased by the present owner in 1983. It subsequently won various awards at local shows in the Bristol area (display board included with the car). It was commissioned for road use in the 1990's with considerable expenditure on running items including an alternator conversion, the fitment of replacement carbs & modification for unleaded fuel and fitting of expensive inertia reel seatbelts. Although non-original, these are all useful modifications for current driving conditions. The car was re-purchased in 1997 by the present owner from Ivan Dutton who had acquired the car for sentimental reasons. The present owner has carefully stored the car for the last 9 years for seasonal road use. The underbody has been completely cleaned, painted and is regularly treated with preservative; consequently it is in remarkably clean & original condition.Recently fitted with a stainless steel exhaust, new battery and a new MoT valid until March 2007, this Magnette must represent one of the finest and well documented examples on the market.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
TypeCar
Lot Number240
Estimate£4000-£6000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1958
Condition rating
Registration numberFHC 225
Mileage-
Chassis numberKAJ134/19196
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Engine capacity (cc)
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