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Lot 605: 1958 MG Magnette ZB Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (3 December 2007)

The merger of Austin with the Nuffield Organisation in 1952 brought together a number of prominent makes under the umbrella of the British Motor Corporation, MG being one of them. From that point onwards, �badge engineering� would be the order of the day, with marques� individual identities sacrificed in the name of rationalisation. Thus the first new MG model of the BMC era - the Z-Series Magnette - shared its unitary-construction bodyshell - MG�s first - with the Wolseley 4/44. The latter had debuted in 1952 powered by the old XPAG 1,250cc engine, but the Magnette, which arrived the following year, came with Austin�s 1,489cc B-Series motor installed. Outwardly distinguishable from its Wolseley sibling by that distinctive MG radiator grille, the Magnette revived a name from the Abingdon manufacturer�s glorious past. Despite growls of disapproval from MG purists, the new Magnette sold well, thanks in no small measure to its excellent road manners and traditional leather-upholstered interior, the latter featuring a beautiful wood-veneer dashboard and �semi-octagonal� instrumentation. The Magnette was upgraded as the �ZB� towards the end of 1956, gaining a more powerful engine together with other refinements; top speed rose to 90mph, making it the UK�s fastest 1.5-litre saloon.
The vendor advises us that this left-hand drive ZB Magnette has enjoyed single family ownership from new, being re-registered in the names of various family members at different times. Described as unrestored, the car is offered with Belgian registration papers.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London,
Lot Number605
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3200
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3680
Condition rating0
Registration number
Chassis number28787
Engine numberZAB027924
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors