Vega Excellence, 1960
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Vega Excellence was presented as a luxury limousine for the worlds
richest people. The Excellence was based upon the legendary Facel Vega
HK 500 which was the fastest four seater production car of its day.
The 5.23 meter long Excellence features four doors of which the doors at
the rear are so called suicide doors. The Excellence was built without a
B-post. When the doors were opened the large opening was very inviting
to enter the fantastic interior. As the other Facels the Excellence was
an extremely luxurious automobile with a gorgeous finish and beautiful
details. The interior is majestic with itís mock walnut (in the French
tradition) dashboard and beautifully chromed handles and switches. The
leather upholstery is of an exceptionally high quality the comfort it
offers reflects this. The car comes with all of the novelties which were
common on the American market at the time. The robustly built automatic
windows and the gear shift with itís stylish buttons are extremely
reliable and never fail. Chrome was used sparingly on Facel cars; the
bumpers and side strips are all constructed of stainless steel. The
Facel Vega Excellence is built upon a welded steel chassis within which
the strong 6.2 litre Chrysler V8 is mounted. The undercarriage has
independent wheel suspension with coil springs at the front and a live
axle leaf spring suspension system at the rear. From 1960 onwards, the
Excellence was equipped with disc brakes all round. Only 150 cars of
this model have been built.
Carburettor: 1 "four barrel" carburettor
Capacity: 350 bhp. at 5400 rpm.
Gearbox: 3- speed, automatic (Chrysler Torqueflite)
Top-speed: 131 mph. - 210 km/h.
Weight: 1920 kg.
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