1962 Facel Vega Facellia F2BSOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: €17,000-20,000

Sold: €18,464

Since 1955 Jean Daninos succeeded in producing the ultimate French car, the Facel Vega HK 500 and Facel II models. These were elegant grand touring coupes with a tubular chassis, independent front suspension and a very elegant in-house design coachwork. Power was supplied by a huge American V8 engine while transmission was either a 4 speed manual or a three speed automatic. The interior boasted room enough to accommodate 4 persons in comfort, the seats being trimmed in finest Connolly hide. Particular attention was paid to the dashboard, which deceptively looked like the finest burr walnut, but was in fact hand-painted on steel. At the time it was the favourite transport of many a racing driver, including British legend Stirling Moss. Other famous VIPs to own the best France had to offer in terms of motoring were Tony Curtis, Ringo Star, Ava Gardner and Francois Truffaut.

On 28th September 1959 Facel presented the new small model, the Facellia, in the museum Jacquemart-Andre on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. No other than Stirling Moss unveiled this pretty little model to the press and the general public. The reception of this model wich looks like a downsized version of the bigger V8n models was such that already some 1,000 orders were taken before production even started, not a mean feat when one takes into account that only a hundred models of the bigger V8 models were produced per year. The engine was an in-house effort by Facel, thus not relying on the supply of American machinery. The 1600 cc 4 cylinder produced approximately 120 sprightly bhp. The building process was complicated: while the engines left the factory in Puteaux, the assembly of the car took place in Colombes before being painted and fitted with the interior at the Facel works in Dreux.

Soon the first customers complained about a lock of reliability of these pretty cars and the engineers at Facel then in turn had to re-develop the 4 cylinder engine. The redeveloped car then saw the light of day in 1961 with the F2 models.

At the Paris car show in 1962, Facel Vega presents a slightly modified Facellia F2B. This pretty coupe version of the model is handsomely finished in dark red with matching dark red leather interior. The dashboard has the trademark design of hand-painted wood effect fascia, while the luxurious interior resembles the grand style of the exclusive V8 engined Facels. Described by the vendor as being in very good condition throughout, this little exclusive French car is certain to turn heads wherever it goes. A true French thoroughbred classic.

Reference Number 5513

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1962 Facel Vega Facellia F2B