February 2014 – 1957 MG Magnette ZB


January 2014 sadly was the aniversary of my father-in-law, Peter Tothill’s passing. Peter spent nearly seven years on this car. I have spent a further year getting it to the stage you see in the pictures.

Peter wanted to create a Magnette (one of his favourite cars) to drive in modern road conditions. He designed a revised wiring loom which includes, amongst other things, a fuel pump interia switch, hazard warning lights, heated rear window and fog light.

Sadly the original engine had been ‘reconditioned’ using little more than a very expensive tin of paint. It will however be rebuilt using its period HRG Derrington cross flow head.

I have just had the original wheels ‘banded’ out to 5.5J to take 185/70 15 tyres. The front brakes are an MGA disc conversion. I will get the car out to as many events as I can this summer.

Owner: Dominic Taylor-Lane
Make/model: MG Magnette ZB
Month/year of manufacture: 1957
Colour: Blue (originally black)
Engine size/type: 1800 B series, MSX crossflow, twin weber 45s
BHP: Approximately 120
Top speed: Geared for 115mph
Gearbox type: Ford Type 9, 5 speed ( 3.89 diff )
Area: Ewelme, Wallingford
Date purchased: January 2013
Pet name of car: “Lady Margaret”

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