Unfortunately for my wife's first husband, a lovely bloke who remains a dedicated car nut
with a penchant for Alfas, the Magnette story was not a happy one. It broke down.
A long way from home. In a ghost town. This ghost town in the photo, in fact. Joadja it's called.
It's an old mining village 138km south-west of Sydney. Though called a 'ghost town' it has
always been a popular spotfor a day drive for city folk. I haven't been there for years, but when
the MG broke down there in the 70s, there was a caretaker there to make sure the historic
old miner's buildings weren't vandalised. They left the car with the caretaker,and it took
him several return trips to Joadja to finally get the Magnette running again, but he got it
going and it limped home under its own steam. This 1:43 model by Oxford Diecast looks
far too shiny and new to break down. And the other 'incorrect' thing about the photo which
my wife mentioned is that their 'Joadja' Magnette was a maroon colour.
Some people mistakenly say the MG Magnette is just a Wolseley 4/44 with MG badges. The Magnette's engine was different, the body was lowered, the suspension differed and only some, not all, of the body panels are inter-changeable between both cars. The 4/44 was a good car in its own right as well, but the Magnette was too. They just looked similar. Anyway, into the driver's seat for about three minutes of good, solid British motoring.