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Lot 462: 1964 Facel Vega II

True Greats, Coys (1 December 2005)

During its short 10 year history as a motor car manufacturer, Facel earned a reputation for producing beautifully built, elegant and expensive high performance coupes. In 1962, the HK500 was replaced by the even more extravagant Facel II. Mechanically it was similar to the HK500 but its 6.3 litre engine was fitted with a four barrel carburettor, increasing power to a quoted 390bhp. The automatic version could top 130 mph (209 kph). When Facel finally closed its doors in 1964, the Facel II became the rarest V8 model of all. The considerable power, hand-built quality and exclusivity of the Facel Vega V8 models ensured their popularity. Notable celebrity owners included Ava Gardner, Ringo Starr, Maurice Trintignant, Pablo Picasso and Tony Curtis to name but a few.The Facel Vega II offered a combination of qualities you couldn't buy anywhere else in the early 1960's. This, perhaps, was at the core of the Facel Vega's unique appeal. To drive a Facel, unlike an Aston Martin or a Ferrari, you didn't need racing-driver skill or a mechanic in the boot. As a pure piece of automotive artistry in the Pininfarina mould, the Facel II is a stylishly charismatic period piece. Celebrities lined up to buy them in the early 60's, while racing drivers like Stirling Moss and Rob Walker gave the marque the stamp of approval. As you would expect, it was an expensive car, costing the equivalent of two E-Type Jaguars and a Lotus Elan. The shape suggested weight and strength. The simplistic suspension was unchanged from the UK; coils and wishbones at the front and beefy half-elliptic on the live rear axle. Dunlop discs were used all round. Power steering, leather seats and electric windows were fitted as standard. The car offered here today is a particularly rare, right hand drive Facel II with only 23 right hand drive cars produced by the factory. EYY 140B has, for the last twelve years, been owned by a French movie director where it was an integral part of a large Facel collection. The car was originally delivered to the UK and has had considerable mechanical attention in the last two years including a complete engine rebuild with new parts such as an oil and water pumps, bearings, new shock absorbers, front springs and new vacuum servo brakes. Since the work has been carried out the engine has only undertaken ten hours of use. Finished in dark blue and with its original red leather interior, the car is presented with a V5 and a file of bills. It is described by the vendor to be in good overall condition. It is hard to think of a more stylish mode of transport.

Lot Details
Auction True Greats
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
Lot Number462
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberEYY 140B
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