Westrand Car Show - 1955 MG ZA Magnette

MG Magnette


In 1932 MG replaced the Type F Magna with the Type K.

Because the new model had a smaller engine than the Type F Magna it became known as the Type K Magnette. The engine in the Type K was the same as the Type F but with a shorter stroke which reduced the engine capacity from 1272 cc to 1087cc. A variation to this engine was introduced in the KB model. It had better compression and horsepower. There was also a Type KC used for racing but with an improved version of the 1272 cc engine.

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In 1934 the Type K was replaced by the Type N Magnette. It used the same 1272 cc engine which had again been upgraded. The chassis was all new. The Type N (B) had further improvements including the change from suicide doors to front hinged doors. MG also made a number of hardtop coupes called the Magnette Airline Coupe.

Westrand Car Show - 1935 MG N Type Magnette Airline Coupe (NB)
1935 MG N Type Magnette Airline Coupe (NB)

Almost 20 years passed before the Magnette name was again used. The Magnette was built from 1953/4 to 1968 and followed the MG YB. There were two variants of the Magnette – The ZA and ZB up to 1958 and then the MkIII and Mk IV up to 1968. There was an interesting difference between Magnette Monochromes and Magnette Varitones where the rear window on the Varitone was much larger. There was also a little more brightwork on the Varitones.

The Mk III and IV followed with a completely new profile which was partially shared by Austin, Morris, Wolseley and Riley with minor differences in each, to create individual character. The MG had more powerful motors and wood interior trim. The Magnette series was followed by the MG Montego.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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FEATURED IMAGE 1955 MG ZA Magnette – Unknownfella [CC BY-SA 3.0}
1933 MG Type K Magnette Roadster – MPW57 [Public domain]
1934 MG N Type Magnette (NA) – Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0]  
1935 MG N Type Magnette (NB) – Malcolma [CC BY 3.0]
1935 MG N Type Magnette Airline Coupe (NB) – Ed Callow Cropped, rotated by uploader Mr.choppers [CC BY 2.0]
1957 MG ZB Magnette Varitone – allen watkin from London, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0]
1958 MG ZB Magnette Monochrome – MartinHansV [CC BY 3.0]
1957 MG ZB Magnette Varitone – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1960 MG Magnette Mk III – Malcolma [CC BY 3.0]
1966 MG Magnette Mk IV – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]