1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146

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Lot 276
1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé
€ 300,000 - 400,000
US$ 340,000 - 450,000

Lot Details
1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé  Chassis no. HK2 A146
1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupé
Chassis no. HK2 A146
•One of only 182 made
•Delivered new in Germany
•Fitted with steel sunroof
•Fully restored between 2015 and 2017

Footnotes

  • 'The HK500 was the most interesting car we ever made but the Facel II was the best. It was totally elegant.' – Jean Daninos.

    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 necessarily very expensive – the Facel II was priced in Rolls-Royce territory – and 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, Facel engaged in the supply of car bodies after WW2 before diversifying into automobile manufacture in its own right with the launch of the Vega at the 1954 Paris Salon. A luxurious Grande Routière, the Vega featured supremely elegant coupé bodywork welded to a tubular-steel chassis. There being no suitable French-built power unit, Daninos turned to the USA, that chosen being a Chrysler V8, setting the pattern for future models.

    Launched in 1961, the Facel II was destined to be the last of the V8-engined models. Road testing one in 1962, 'Autocar' commented: 'A striking amalgamation of French, American and British components, the big Facel has a wonderful way of covering the miles extremely fast without mechanical fuss.' Following an unsuccessful venture into engine manufacture that effectively bankrupted the company, production ceased in 1964 after a mere 182 Facel IIs had been built. Today these rare Franco-American GTs are among the most highly sought after of post-war classics.

    This Facel II was built in May 1962 having been ordered via the agent Becker in Düsseldorf. It left the factory equipped with Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission, power-assisted steering and brakes, a limited-slip differential, Borrani wheels, and an HMV radio. The original colour scheme was grey metallic with bright red interior, while the sunroof is likely to be a later addition. 'A146' spent most of its life in Germany before moving to the USA, but its first owner remains unknown.

    In 1990 the Facel was registered to Mr Bernard Joseph Buzgierski of Baltimore, Maryland, passing in 2004 to Mr Josef Stangl of the Czech Republic. The current vendor acquired the Facel in 2015. Fully restored between 2015 and 2017, the car is described by the vendor as excellent in every aspect, ready for the fortunate next owner to enjoy. A dossier recording the restoration process is available and the car also comes with a copy of the old Maryland Certificate of Title, document confirming EU taxes paid, and a Form 705 for registration in Belgium. An exciting combination of elegant European style and American V8 power, this beautiful Facel II is a worthy successor to the legendary French Grandes Routières of pre-war days.

    Facel Véga Facel II coupé 1962
    Châssis n° HK2 A146

    •Une des 182 construites
    •Livrée neuve en Allemagne
    •Équipé d'un toit ouvrant en acier
    •Entièrement restaurée entre 2015 et 2017

    « La HK 500 était la plus intéressante voiture que nous n'ayons jamais construite, mais la Facel II était la meilleure. Elle était d'une élégance absolue. » Jean Daninos.

    Au cours de sa brève existence, la marque française Facel Véga a produit environ 2 900 voitures, toutes particulièrement élégantes, luxueuses et rapides. Construites à la main, elles étaient forcément très chères – le prix de la Facel avec son V8 était équivalent à celui d'une Rolls-Royce – et acheté par de riches célébrités à la recherche d'un moyen de transport distingué et exclusif. La liste des propriétaires inclut politiciens, royautés, diplomates et artistes. Confirmant qu'il y avait également des performances de très haut niveau derrière l'indiscutable élégance de la Facel, on trouvait aussi quelques grandes figures de la compétition automobile, comme Stirling Moss, Maurice Trintignant et Rob Walker.

    Fondé par Jean Daninos en 1939, Facel débuta dans la fourniture de carrosseries après la deuxième guerre mondiale, avant de se lancer dans la construction automobile pour son propre compte avec l'avènement de la Véga au Salon de Paris en 1954. La Véga, une luxueuse grande routière, arborait une carrosserie coupée d'une extrême élégance, soudée sur un châssis tubulaire. Ne trouvant pas de moteur français approprié, Daninos s'était tourné vers les États-Unis pour trouver le V8 Chrysler donnant la recette des futurs modèles.

    Lancée en 1961, la Facel II allait être le dernier modèle à moteur V8. Après l'essai de l'une d'elles en 1962, Autocar écrivait : « Cocktail explosif de composants français, américains et britanniques, la grosse Facel à une incroyable facilité à avaler les kilomètres à toute vitesse sans le moindre souci mécanique ». Après s'être fourvoyé dans la construction d'un moteur qui ruina la société, la production cessa en 1964 après seulement 182 Facel II construites. Aujourd'hui ces rares GT franco-américaines sont parmi les plus recherchées des grandes classiques d'après-guerre.

    Cette Facel II a été construite en mai 1962, commandée via l'agent Becker à Düsseldorf. Elle a quitté l'usine équipée de la transmission automatique Chrysler Torqueflite, des freins et de la direction assistés, d'un différentiel à glissement limité, de roues Borrani et d'une radio HMV. Sa couleur d'origine était gris métal avec intérieur rouge, tandis que le toit ouvrant semble être plus tardif. A146 a passé la majeure partie de sa vie en Allemagne avant de partir pour les États-Unis, mais son premier propriétaire reste inconnu.

    En 1990, la Facel a été immatriculée au nom de M. Bernard Joseph Buzgierski de Baltimore, dans le Maryland, passant à M. Josef Stangl en République tchèque en 2004. Le vendeur a acquis la Facel en 2015. Entièrement restaurée entre 2015 et 2017, la voiture est décrite par le vendeur comme excellente dans tous ses aspects, prête à faire le bonheur de son futur propriétaire. Un dossier relatant tout le processus de restauration est fourni et la voiture qui est également vendue avec une copie de son ancien certificat de propriété du Maryland, qui confirme le paiement des taxes européennes, et avec un formulaire 705 d'immatriculation en Belgique. Séduisante combinaison d'élégance européenne et de puissance américaine, cette magnifique Facel II est la véritable héritière des légendaires grandes routières françaises de l'avant-guerre.
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