MG Magnette ZA 1953-56
See specifications and brochure cover below illustration.
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MG Magnette ZA 1953-56 Specifications
Cylinders: 4 in line
Bore: 73mm
Stroke: 88.9mm
Displacement: 1489cc
Valves: Pushrod/overhead
Compression ratio: 7.7 to 1
Carburettors: twin SU HS2
Power output: 60 bhp at 5400 rpm

Maximum speed: 87mph
Acceleration: 0-60mph 22secs
Overall fuel consumption: 27mpg

Clutch: 8 in Borg and Beck,
single dry-plate diaphragm
Gearbox: 4-speed, synchromesh on
2nd, 3rd and top gears
Ratios: Top 1.0, 3rd 1.374, 2nd 2.214,
1st 3.64, reverse 4.76
Propellar Shaft: Hardy Spicer open shaft, needle bearing u/j at each end
Final Drive: live axle, hypoid bevel gears

Unitary construction, 4 door saloon

Lockheed 10in x 1.75in drum

Cam gears rack and pinion,
3 turns lock to lock

Front: Independent, coil spring, wishbone Suspension
Rear: Semi elliptic, leaf spring

4.5J x 15in bolt on
ventilated discs

Dimensions & Weight
Wheelbase: 8 ft 6 in
Track - front: 4 ft 3 in
Track - rear: 4 ft 3 in
Overall length: 14 ft 1 in
Overall width: 5ft 3 in
Height: 4 ft 10 in
Ground clearance: 5.5 in
Turning circle: 32 ft
Kerb weight: 2,478 lb
Fuel tank: 9 imp gal

1950s Magnette Production
ZA(1953-1956): 12,754
ZB(1956-1959): 23,846
Designer: Gerald Palmer