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Magnette styling model added to MGCC archive

One of the latest additions to the MGCC’s comprehensive archive is a 1/4-scale MG Magnette ‘styling’ model, and the Club is now appealing for more information about this remarkable discovery.

The model appeared, quite unexpectedly, in a Bonhams auction catalogue last December, where it was wrongly described there as a ZA model from 1953. Particular thanks are due to Peter Cadman who saw the catalogue and alerted the Magnette Register. Chairman Paul Batho then investigated to establish its provenance, and MGCC management quickly agreed that the Club should try to acquire the model for its archives. Finally, board member Dave Saunders was able to successfully bid for it at Bonhams on 6th December.

It’s thought the factory would have produced the model prior to making minor alterations for the ZB model, and since it’s unlikely any others survive from that time, it’s an exciting and very possibly unique find.

It is hoped that more information can be discovered about the model, which measures over three feet long. It’s now proudly displayed at the Club’s Kimber House headquarters for interested parties and visitors to take a look.

If you have any information about the model to share with the Club, please call 01235 555552 or email