Classic Car Catalogue

MG 1956

Magnette ZA 1489 cc 61 bhp   – discontinued (12,754 ex.)
Magnette ZA 1489 cc 69 bhp   – new model
MGA 1489 cc 72 bhp    

Great Britain

ZA weathered initial criticism from MG purists and went on to become a very popular and sought-after-car. In late 1956 it was superseded in production by the slightly modified ZB standard and Varitone saloons. The latter has two-tone paintwork and a wrap-round rear window. It has 68 bhp and top speed of 80 mph, a higher back axle ratio, and lost the chrome rim round the front wheel arch.
Long overdue replacement for the T series the MGA, introduced in 1956 has a new wider chassis enabling the occupants to sit down lower within the body, and more streamlined bodywork. Thus the 68 bhp 1489cc engine gives the car almost 100 mph performance. Full width bodywork and a small boot made this a more civilised car than it's predecessors. A fixed head Coupé version is also produced from 1956.

London report
For a long time-in fact, since 1929-the M.G. company has provided sporting drivers throughout the world with small, compact sports cars of pleasing performance. Retaining the classic sports car styling until last year, the company launched at the last Show the "all-enveloping" M.G. A and the new cars, during their first year, have proved worthy successors to their ever-popular forebears. Handling characteristics are first class and the sleek, low body lines appeal in all countries. Performance of the 1 ½-litre engine is excellent. To comply with the somewhat obscure regulations for International rallies, in which these cars have done well in their first year, detachable hard tops have been made available from various sources. The manufacturers are now offering such equipment, together with rigid side-screens, on the new cars, and a fixed-head Coupé version has also been introduced.
Magnette ZA
Magnette ZB



F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship entries:
  12h Sebring 24.03.1956 (round 2) Results:
#   chassis #   Entrant: gen. class
49 MGA   Ash / Ehrman / van Driel Hambro 20th S1.5 5th    
50 MGA   Kinchloe / Spitler Hambro 19th S1.5 4th    
51 MGA   Allen / Blackman Hambro 22nd S1.5 6th    
  Mille Miglia 18-29.04.56 (round 3) Results:
#   chassis   Entrant: gen. category class
226 NGA   Putz   dns SP -    
227 MGA   Mitchell / Faichney   74th SP 4th SP1.5 3rd
228 MGA   Terragnoli / Suppi   91st SP 7th SP1.5 4th
229 MGA   Scott-Russell / Haig   70th SP 3rd SP1.5 2nd
259 Magnette   Nava   155th T/GT1.6 9th T1.6 5th
301 Magnette   Grant   151st T/GT1.6 8th T1.6 4th
303 Magnette   Putz / Pelz   dns T/GT1.6 -    
  Nürburgring 1000 km 27.05.1956 (round 4) Results:
#   chassis   Entrant: gen. class
46 MGA   Fitzwilliam / Carnegie R.W.Fitzwilliam dsq ser.S1.5 -    

MG at 12 Hours Sebring.