Classic and Sportscar Centre

Telephone: 01944 758000
Email: [email protected]

Classic and Sportscar Centre, Malton

Corner Farm, West Knapton, Malton, North Yorkshire, UK, YO17 8JB

Opening Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 9.00am-5.30pm
  • Sunday: 10am-4pm
  • Closed Saturday
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Price: £SOLD

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1955 MG ZA Magnette

TOD 725 was first registered on the 1st December 1955 and left the factory in Island Green with Green leather trim. The MG Magnette ZA is a RHD home market car that was built between the 10th-15th November 1955 and was despatched on the 17th November. The MG was registered new in Devon and stayed in the South West of England until 1999. We have the original brown 'buff' logbook detailing all owners from 1955 to 1967 in Devon and invoices for various maintenance work throughout the 1980's and 1990's. We also have MOT certificates dating from 1975 through to its most recent MOT test. TOD 725 comes with a detailed history dating back to new and has to be known to us since 2005. We first sold the ZA to an elderly customer in Hexham Northumberland and two years later sold the car for the second time to the most recent owner, a regular customer of ours in Gateshead. In eight years of ownership the MG has covered over 7000 miles and two note books add to the history detailing every journey in eight years. The MG has been used for many rallies, events and general weekend use all over the North of England.

The ZA left Devon during the 1990's as a totally original car, retaining its original upholstery but in need of some renovation work. TOD 725 was purchased by an associate of Practical Classics Magazine who began a rolling restoration. The magazine featured all work carried on the MG and copies are with the extensive history file. The MG body was restored with new steel wings, new sills, door bottoms and rear wheel arches. The car was mechanically restored in order to make this the ultimate ZA for usability. An 1800cc MGB engine was fitted with various other upgrades to include an oil cooler, oil thermostat, brake servo, Koni front dampers, Spax rear shocks and more recently a five speed gearbox has been fitted. Since 2007 a further £10,000 has been spent on the car including service work and general maintenance. With well over 15 years since the restoration, further mechanical improvements have been required and major work includes an unleaded cylinder head, new flywheel, water pump, oil pump, timing chain and tensioner and almost £3000 alone on a brand new Ford Type 9 gearbox and new clutch including fitting. In the region of £4,000 has also been spent on a full re-paint in the cars original colour of Island Green as the paintwork was poor in many areas after so many years.


TOD 725 has a mix of originality and modification and is therefore quite unique. The original colours, original interior, extensive history from new and 1990's restoration coverage gives this car real provenance. Adding to this is the fact the car is still with its original registration mark and the strong selling point of having some expensive modifications that make this car truly outstanding to drive and therefore ideal for long distance touring. Having covered over 7000 miles since 2007 and with over £10000 of receipts, this really is fabulous car. On the road it performs much better than the standard ZA; it's quick, handles superbly, brakes are sharp and the five speed gearbox really enhances the driving experience. Finishing the car off nicely is a top class paint finish, excellent straight panels, bright chromework and a strong, solid bodyshell. This is a very attractive car that is ideal for regular use. The interior has nicely aged with original leather seats showing a nice patina, good door cards, smart woodwork and whilst carpets are tatty, they are acceptable. Making a standard ZA like this would cost a fortune so this should prove a great buy and is certainly something quite special.

Price: £SOLD