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MG Magnette
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Production 1953-1956 ZA 12,754
1956-1958 ZB 23,846
1959-1961 Mk III 15,676
1961-1969 Mk IV 13,738
Class Sports Sedan
Body Style 2-Door, 4-Seat Sedan
Length 169.0 in
Width 63.0 in
Wheelbase 102.0 in
Weight 2465 lbs
Transmission Four-Speed Manual RWD
Engine 1489cc OHV I-4
Power 60 hp @ 4600 rpm
78.3 lb-ft of torque @ 3000 rpm
Similar similar (competition)
Designer Gerald Palmer

The MG Magnette was the original mid-fifties sports sedan from the British Motor Corporation. The drivetrain of the Magnette was the same as that in the MGA, though it debuted in the Magnette two model years before the MGA came to market. The original Magnette ran from 1953 through 1958 and the first ZA was replaced by the ZB in 1956, the latter featuring more horsepower and optional items. The Magnette has been praised for its four-seat capacity, traditional MG character, and capable road handling.

See Autopedia's comprehensive MG Magnette Review.

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MG Magnette ZB

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1955 MG Magnette ZA


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