1956  Facel Vega  FV2B Coupé  Chassis no. FV2B-56 114

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Lot 238
1956 Facel Vega FV2B Coupé Chassis no. FV2B-56 114

€ 60,000 - 70,000
US$ 68,000 - 80,000
Amended
1956 Facel Vega FV2B Coupé
Chassis no. FV2B-56 114
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 magnificent Facel FV2B previously formed part of the Hooper Corporate Collection and in recent years was loaned for display at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany. Following its long-term display at the Museum, the car was offered for sale at auction in October 2010 having been treated to basic re-commissioning, the fuel tank and lines being flushed out and the brakes taken apart and checked. The current owner purchased the Facel at the sale. Equipped with air conditioning, electric windows and Chrysler's excellent Powerflite automatic transmission, the car is described by the vendor as in generally good condition and offered with UK Swansea V5C registration document.

La FV2B de 1956 bénéficia d'un V8 Chrysler de 285 cv . Ce magnifique exemplaire anciennement propriété de la Hooper Corporate Collection fut exposée à l'Auto & Technik Museum de Sinsheim en Allemagne. Mise en vente en octobre 2010 après une révision (réservoir et canalisations nettoyées et freins vérifiés), elle devint la propriété du vendeur actuel. Équipée de l'air conditionné, de glaces électriques et de la boîte automatique Powerflite de Chrysler, la voiture est décrite comme étant en bon état général et accompagnée de son document britannique V5C.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that whilst loading this vehicle into the truck to come to the auction the brake master cylinder failed. This will require replacement or refurbishment prior to use of the car. The car will come without the V5C as mentionned in the catalogue. Veuillez noter que lors du chargement de cette auto dans le camion, le maître cylindre du système de freinage n'a pas fonctionné, il devra être restauré ou remplacé. L'auto n'est pas accompagnée du V5C comme mentionné au catalogue.
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1956  Facel Vega  FV2B Coupé  Chassis no. FV2B-56 114
1956  Facel Vega  FV2B Coupé  Chassis no. FV2B-56 114
1956  Facel Vega  FV2B Coupé  Chassis no. FV2B-56 114
1956  Facel Vega  FV2B Coupé  Chassis no. FV2B-56 114
1956  Facel Vega  FV2B Coupé  Chassis no. FV2B-56 114
1956  Facel Vega  FV2B Coupé  Chassis no. FV2B-56 114
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