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1953-1958 MG Magnette ZA/ZB specifications

1953-1958 MG Magnette ZA/ZB specifications Classic and Performance Car

Nothing less than a quantum leap into the mainstream, this post-BMC MG, designed by Gerald Palmer, was elegant and affordable. Chassis-less saloon design, based on Wolseley 4/44, with indpendent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and BMC B-series power sold well, and established MG as part of BMC’s badge-engineering portfolio. The 60bhp B-Series engine lacked sparkle, even with twin SU carburettors, but was helped in ZB form when power was uprated to 68bhp. Varitone version had larger rear window.

Production

  • Production:
    36,650
  • Price at launch:
    £713
  • Price (excellent)
    £6,500
  • Price (good):
    £5,250
  • Price (average):
    £2,750
  • Price (project):
    £1,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    22.6secs
  • Top speed:
    82.0mph
  • Power:
    60.0bhp
  • Torque:
    71.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    25.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring, wishbone
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4450mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2560mm

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