The MG ZA Magnette was launched in 1953 at the London Motor Show to a mixed reaction. It had obvious similarities to the Wolseley 4/44, on which it was based, but it also had a revolutionary monocoque body and subtle design and styling cues that set it apart as an MG. It was the first MG to be powered by the BMC B-series engine which would later power the MGA and MGB. In this revealing book, Paul Batho covers the development of the Magnette, going back to the original MG philosophy and examining the advantages, constraints and compromises under the new ownership of BMC, including badge engineering.The book details the model developments over the years and how it managed to encompass speed, comfort, handling, style and practicality for ordinary owners, foreshadowing the sporting family cars of the future. The author also covers owning and restoring a Magnette in the post-production era, bodywork and mechanical restoration as well as how to cope with typical faults and failings. He also includes modifications and upgrades to the engine, gearbox and other parts of the car, including the introduction of groundbreaking manumatic, semi-automatic transmission. Variants such as the Magnette Special, V8 version, convertible, coupe and racers are also described.
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
Availability: In Stock. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia
Publication date: 10/06/2019
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 234mm X 165mm