thanks for reviving it Jeff,
like John i've not seen this before .....there was a guy who had one of these when i was a teenager in 2-tone colours.
classic car,beautifully built..something very different in the same way that Bristol's were.
a shame it never got completed ....there was a Le Mans prototype
The exclusive styling and prestigious aura appealed to royalty and other notables - the star-studded list of owners is a miniature "Who's Who", with a shah, a king, ambassadors, princes and presidents, Danny Kaye, Tony Curtis, Francois Truffaut, Brian Rix, Ringo Starr, Lionel Bart, Joan Fontaine, and Ava Gardner (who had no less than three). To complete the grande routière image, great racing figures of the time such as Rob Walker, Maurice Trintignant and Stirling Moss, used Facels to cover the distances between the race tracks of Europe at high speed in comfort and safety.
In total, 164 of the cars were sold in the UK - only 62 are known to remain (the Club is actively trying to trace missing cars listed here). Because of these small numbers the marque has been largely forgotten except by classic car buffs and the few members of the Facel Vega Car Club, which must be one of the smallest clubs of its kind. In recent years however, some well restored cars have appeared leading to renewed interest in this first of the post-war EuroAmerican hybrids. The supercar appearance of the HK500 and the elegant French style of the Facel II create a stir when displayed today as much as when they were first seen, and the Facellia remains one of the prettiest and most well-appointed small sports cars ever produced.
We have to be thankful that Jean Daninos followed his star.
FACEL VEGA 1954 - 1964
MODEL ENGINE ENGINE SIZE BHP RPM MPH
Facel Vega and FV
1954-1958 Chrysler V8 Various
1958-1962 Chrysler V8
6286cc 383ci 325
1958-1961 Chrysler V8
6286cc 59-61 360
4-cylinder 1647cc 115 6400 114
1961-1964 Chrysler V8
6765cc 413ci ('63-64)* 390 5500 145
4-cylinder 1780cc 108 6000 112
1964 Austin Healey
6-cylinder 2852cc 150 5250 125
Le Mans Prototype
never completed Chrysler V8 6430cc 460 6200 195
According to Facel, the HK500 out-performed the Ferrari 250GT, the Mercedes 300SL and the Aston Martin DB4 as regards acceleration 0-60mph, speed over a 1km distance, and fuel economy. It was also claimed to be the fastest car of its genre in production for a four year period.
info supplied by Facel Vega Club