Facel Vega FV1, 1955
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Facel Vega FV1, 1955

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Facel Vega FV1, year 1955. Colour ‘Tudor Grey’ metallic with a dark green leather interior and beige carpet. This magnificent and very early Facel Vega FV1 was extensively restored by Amicale Facel Holland in the past. The Facel FV1 is a very rare car; 32 were built in 1955 and only 10 are known to exist and of which this car is the oldest. This magnificent Facel Vega is still in excellent to superb condition and the car drives perfectly! The full history of this FV1 is known and documented! The car is being sold including a new spare windscreen and a spare set of new shock absorbers. This majestic automobile has won prizes at the following concourses: Concours d’Élégance Paleis het Loo 2001, Class winner (1st prize) and Concours d’Élegance Schloss Ludwigsburg 2016, 3rd prize in the class 'Post-war’ (closed) 1950-1955. This is a rare opportunity to become the owner of a highly sought after Facel Vega FV1!


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The Facel Vega FV1 saw the light of day in the year 1955. It was the first automobile manufactured by Facel. At that time the car was introduced as 'Vega' but soon after the car was named Facel Vega FV1.
The Facel Vega FV1 is a very luxurious 'grand routier' with a sporty noblessw. The car features excellent road holding capabilities and an overwhelming engine capacity. The Facel Vega is a 'majestic' sports car, the interior and the exterior show very characteristic details and ravishing French design. The automobile is very comfortable, even at very high speeds. The car features the finest leather seats, a beautiful leather dashboard, power windows and all the luxury one can ever wish in a classic car. All bright work at the exterior is not chromed; all these parts are fabricated of stainless steel.
The steel body is built upon a very strong steel tubular chassis. Facel used the most impressive engine of its time; the Chrysler 4.7 litre V8 engine with a capacity of 200 bhp. The suspension is independent at front and a live axle is used at the rear.

Technical data

4.7 litre V8 engine
carburettor(s): one "four barrel" carburettor
capacity: 200 bhp.
gearbox: 4-speed, manual (make Pont-a-Mousson)
top-speed: 200 km/h. - 125 mph.

Facel Vega history

The French company Facel (Forges et Ateliers de Construction due’s et Loir) 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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