1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466

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Lot 127
1957 Facel Vega FV2B
Chassis no. TY2T8466

€ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 67,000 - 89,000
1957 Facel Vega FV2B
Chassis no. TY2T8466
Fondée par Jean Daninos en 1939, la société des Forges et Ateliers de Construction d’Eure-et-Loir (FACEL) se spécialise dans la production de composants pour l'aviation et de pièces métalliques et tôlerie. Après la guerre, la société fournit des carrosseries pour Panhard, Simca et Ford France, avant de se lancer dans la construction automobile à part entière avec la présentation au Salon de Paris 1954 de la Véga. La législation française d'après-guerre a en effet tué le peu qui restait des constructeurs de voitures de luxe des années 1930, mais elle ne freine pas Jean Daninos dans sa tentative de relancer ce qui a été une grande tradition automobile. Luxueuse grande routière, la Véga doit son nom à l'étoile la plus brillante de la constellation de la Lyre et se présente sous la forme d'un coupé suprêmement élégant, monté sur un châssis tubulaire en acier. En l'absence de moteur français suffisamment puissant, Daninos se tourne vers les Etats-Unis et le premier moteur qu'il retient est un V8 Chrysler 4,5 litres, de 180 ch, tout en offrant aux clients le choix d'une transmission manuelle ou automatique, cette dernière commandée par boutons au tableau de bord.
Les améliorations ne sont pas longues à venir : la FV 1 présentée en mars 1955 est dotée d'un châssis plus long pour améliorer l'habitabilité aux places arrière, et reçoit un 4,8 Chrysler délivrant 200 ch. En septembre 1955, la FV 2 propose un nouveau pare-brise enveloppant, un moteur Chrysler 250 ch et, pour la première fois, le fameux tableau de bord Facel en fausse loupe de noyer, peint sur tôle d'acier. Six mois plus tard, Facel présente la Véga FV 2B, identique à la précédente à part le moteur, un V8 Chrysler 5,4 litres délivrant 285 ch.
La FV 2B que nous proposons a été construite aux spécifications européennes et livrée neuve par l'intermédiaire de Charles Hornburg, l'agent Facel à Los Angeles, au résident local Michael Chasen. Ce dernier a gardé la voiture jusqu'en 1991, date à laquelle elle est vendue en France à M. Collet. En 1995, M. Robert Grilli en fait l'acquisition et l'envoie en 2002 au spécialiste de la marque, l'atelier Tisserand, pour une restauration mécanique complète. Complètement remise en état, la voiture a conservé sa peinture d'origine et sa sellerie beige magnifiquement patinée. Son état exceptionnel laisse penser que les 33 600 km affichés au compteur kilométrique sont exacts. La voiture comporte son certificat de circulation original américaine et sa carte grise française.


In its relatively short life, the French firm of Facel produced approximately 2,900 cars, all of which were stylish, luxurious and fast. Hand built, they were, of course, necessarily very expensive – the Facel II was priced in Rolls-Royce territory – and were bought by the rich and famous seeking something exclusive and distinctive. The roll call of owners includes royalty, politicians, diplomats and entertainers; Tony Curtis, Danny Kaye, Ringo Starr, Joan Fontaine and Ava Gardner being counted among the latter. Confirming that there was high-performance substance behind Facel’s unquestionable style, they were owned and driven by great motor racing figures such as Sir Stirling Moss, Maurice Trintignant and Rob Walker.
Founded by Jean Daninos in 1939, Forges et Ateliers de Construction d’Eure-et-Loir (FACEL) specialised in the construction of aircraft components and metal furniture. After the war the company engaged in the supply of car bodies to Panhard, Simca and Ford France, before branching out into automobile manufacture in its own right with the launch of the Vega at the 1954 Paris Salon. Government legislation had effectively killed off France’s few surviving luxury car manufacturers after WW2, but that did not deter Jean Daninos in his bold attempt to revive what had once been a great French motoring tradition. A luxurious Grand Routier, the Vega took its name from the brightest star in the Lyra constellation and featured supremely elegant coupé bodywork welded to a tubular-steel chassis. There being no suitable French-built power unit, Daninos turned to the USA for the Vega’s, that chosen initially being Chrysler’s 4.5-litre, 180bhp V8, while there was a choice of push-button automatic or manual transmission.
Improvements to the first FV model were not long in coming, the FV1, introduced in March 1955, featuring a lengthened wheelbase for increased rear seat room and a 4.8-litre Chrysler V8 producing 200bhp. In September 1955 the FV2 arrived boasting a new wraparound windshield, a 250 horsepower Chrysler motor and – for the first time – Facel’s famous faux burr walnut dashboard, which was actually painted steel. Six months later Facel introduced the Vega FV2B, which was identical to the preceding FV2 apart from its 5.4-litre, 285bhp Chrysler V8.
This FV2B was built to European specification and delivered new via Charles Hornburg, the Facel agent in Los Angeles, USA to local resident Michael Chasen. Mr Chasen kept the car until 1991 when it was acquired by a Mr Collet in France. In 1995 the Facel was sold to Robert Grilli, who sent it to marque specialists Atelier Tisserand et Fils in 2002 for a complete mechanical restoration of the engine and running gear, etc. Fully rebuilt, the car retains its original paintwork and superbly patinated beige leather interior, its wonderful condition suggesting that the odometer reading of only 33,600 kilometres is genuine. The car is offered with original US Certificate of Title and French Carte Grise.
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
1957 Facel Vega FV2B  Chassis no. TY2T8466
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