Facel Vega Facel II, year (April) 1964. Colour Tudor Grey (metallic) with a beige leather interior and beige carpet. This gorgeous Facel Vega with chassis number HK2 B170 was sold new in Sweden. The story goes that the original buyer was acting as a ‘shadow’ buyer for the Volvo factory. The car is said to have been used as an inspirational model for the P172 prototype which never materialized as successor of the Volvo P1800. The P172 prototype shows a striking detail resemblance with the Facel II. The ‘first owner’ Volvo story, fact or fiction, ended after two years as the car was sold and found a new owner in Sweden. Several consecutive names of Swedish owners are known. The current owner purchased the Facel II in Sweden in the year 2011.
The car was still in a very good, rust free, and super original condition, and it did not need a full ‘frame-off’ restoration. Over the last 2,5 years the car was professionally stripped to give the car a perfect new paint system. This was done from the bare metal up and the car was painted in its original Tudor Grey. The build-up process was carried out meticulously. The complicated Stainless Steel brightwork, strips and bumpers were fitted perfectly and to the same high standards as AFH/Classic Job would have done. Many body-seals and rubbers were renewed with parts delivered by AFH. In this period, the engine and the gearbox were fully overhauled and the suspension, steering, and brake system were brought up-to-date with new parts from the warehouses of AFH. The wire wheels with aluminium rims were rebuild to brand new condition by the Borrani factory in Italy and the wheels were fitted with new Michelin tyres.
A very special, and highly desirable, detail is that the car still sports its original front and rear windscreen and window with the very complicated double glass curves – And both in pristine condition! The beautiful round glass curves connect smoothly to the roof-top quite unlike the modern replacement Facel II windscreens which have a single curve. The leather interior has the charm of being fully original with traces of over 50 years of age and use which we call patina. The front seats have been internally restored with new foam. A photo reportage of the works which have been carried out is present as are invoices. The automobile is being sold including a luxury car-cover, a rare and original (French) owner’s manual, rare and original (French) sales brochure and a scarce original Facel Vega Keyring. Furthermore, a Mico-Lock system (to improve the handbrake function) is with the car but not yet fitted.
This rare Facel Vega Facel II is optically and mechanically in superb top condition and the car drives perfectly! The car is registered in a EU-country with valid MOT/TUV/APK. The Facel II is a very rare car, only 182 examples have been built of which about 160 are still known to exist. This fine Facel Vega features an automatic gearbox, disc brakes all-round, power-steering, and very special and rare reclining seat mechanisms at the front seats.
This is a unique chance to purchase a ‘top-of-the-line’ and still very original Facel II. A time-machine still showing all its original details, and for which costs nor effort were spared to bring it to the highest possible standards with respect for its history and its originality! This is the most historically correct Facel II on the market, a highly desirable collector’s item. The car can be viewed on appointment at the Amicale Facel Holland branch in THE HAGUE, Holland.
This Facel Vega is for sale at Amicale Facel Holland.
Price: On application.
The Facel Vega II is the follow-up to the legendary Facel Vega HK 500. The undercarriage of the Facel II is identical to it’s predecessor i.e. welded steel chassis, independent suspension with coil springs in the front, a live axle leaf spring system at the rear and disc brakes all round. The Facel II, however, is equipped with a more powerful Chrysler V8 motor (either a 6.2 Litre 390 pk or a 6.7 litre 400 pk). The 6.7 Litre motor of the Facel 11 has two four-barrel carburettors.
The body of the Facel II has little in common with it’s predecessor except for the fact that it’s appearance, like the HK 500, is stylish down to the last detail. The tail end and side window sections of the vehicle have the trademark "new edge" design which can be found in today’s concept vehicles from Ford and Cadillac; a mixture of sharp angles and fluid curves.
The Facel II also has an ingeniously constructed panoramic windscreen and rear window with extraordinarily beautifully integrated indicator lamps set into the top flanks of the rear wings. The interior, like the HK 500 is majestic; a beautiful mock walnut dashboard sloping gracefully away to it’s rounded corners, finely crafted handles and switches and sublimely comfortable leather seats. The Facel II also has many of the American novelties, which in the 60’s were simply well-built, robust and downright reliable pieces of equipment. The Facel II was an incredibly luxurious and expensive car of which only 183 were ever built. In 1962-'63 the Facel II was one of the fastest production line cars in the world, continuing the reputation the HK 500 had built for itself in the years before.
6.2 litre V8 engine
carburettor(s): 1 Carter "fourbarrel" carburettor
capacity: 355 bhp. at 4800 rpm.
gearbox: 3-speed automatic (Torqueflite) or 4-speed manual gearbox
top-speed: 220 km/h. (automatic), 240 km/h. (manual)
brakes: disc brakes all round
weight: 1800 kg.
Facel Vega history
The French company Facel (Forges et Ateliers de Construction due’s et Loire) was first established in 1938 as a manufacturer of stainless steel products for the aircraft industry. After the second world war Facel began constructing automobile bodies for Simca, Ford France and Panhard.
In those days, the company was under the leadership of Jean Daninos.
Jean Daninos had always dreamt of manufacturing his own design of super car; the "Grand Routier" or in other words, a luxurious, comfortable and practical 4-person sports car. 1954 saw this dream become a reality with the introduction of the first ever Facel automobile onto the market, the Facel Vega FV1, equipped with a powerful and trustworthy American V8 Chrysler motor.
The addition of the Chrysler motor meant that Facel was one of the first manufacturers to combine European styled body work with a big reliable American V8...
The Facel Vega's were expensive and highly exclusive but they sold well, particularly amongst film stars and the rich and famous. With the passage of time the newer models became increasingly more expensive as extra improvements and features were introduced. At the end of the 1950’s, Facel had a motor designed specifically for use in a smaller model, the Facellia.
Unfortunately, these motors had so many teething problems that the huge amount of warranty claims they caused led the company into serious financial difficulties. The last ever models of the Facel line were fitted with Volvo P1800 (Facel III) and Austin Healey 150 pk six cylinder motors ( Facel 6). In 1964 this proud automobile finally went out of production.
Facel Vegas are cherished by enthusiasts all over the world to this very day. This extremely unique class of vehicle can easily be placed alongside classic makes such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley en Lagonda. Even though Facel did not manufacture it’s own motors, it is safe to say that the vehicle commonly known as the "Grand Routiers" of automobiles is of absolute top class and continues to leave a deep and lasting impression.
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