Facel Vega Facel II, 1964
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Facel Vega Facel II, 1964

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Facel Vega Facel II, Baujahr 1964. Fahrgestellnummer HK2 B167. Farbe schwarz mit einem hell Beige Leder (Magnolia) Innenraum. Diese seltene und ganz besondere Facel Vega wurde von Amicale Facel Holland (AFH) komplett restauriert. Eine Fotoreportage der Restauration ist vorhanden. Dieses sehr feine Auto ist in concours Zustand!

Diese schöne Facel II verließ die Facel Vega Fabrik in Paris im März 1964. Das Automobil wurde dem Besitzer des französischen Stahlwerks Unisor neu geliefert. Das Auto hat viele Jahrzehnte in Frankreich verbracht; Zu Beginn des neuen Jahrtausends brennte das Auto völlig aus. Dies wegen eines Kurzschlusses aufgrund einer schlechten Reparatur durch einen Werksmann. AFH kaufte das Auto für seinen jetzigen Besitzer, der sich eine 'top-of-the-line' Facel II suchte, unabhängig von den Wiederherstellungskosten. Die Restauration dieses exklusiven Autos erwies sich als das schwierigste Projekt, das jemals in den Werkstätten von AFH abgeschlossen wurde. Auf der anderen Seite führte die Härte der Arbeiten zu einem der besten und schönsten Facel II Autos der Welt. Die Renovierung begann im Jahr 2005 und die Arbeiten wurden im Jahr 2011 abgeschlossen. In den letzten Jahren hat diese großartige Facel Vega Facel II mehrere erste Preise bei internationalen Concours d'élégance in Europa gewonnen. Im Jahr 2014 an dem Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo in den Niederlanden und im Jahr 2016 an dem Schloss Ludwigsburg Concours d‘Élégance in Deutschland. Das Auto ist derzeit in Deutschland registriert. Ein Bewertungsbericht für die Versicherung liegt bei von 480.000 Euro.

Wie bereits erwähnt, ist diese Facel II ein "Top-of-the-line" -Modell; das Auto ist ausgestattet mit dem größten Chrysler 'Wedge' 6,7 Liter V8-Motor (400 SAE PS), zwei Vier-Choke-Carter-Vergaser, Pont-a-Mousson 4-Gang-Schaltgetriebe, Scheibenbremsen rundum, Servolenkung und Klimaanlage. Nur 182 Facel Vega Facel II Autos wurden von 1961 bis 1964 gebaut, nur 70 Exemplare wurden mit dem manuell betriebenen Getriebe geliefert. Dies ist eine einzigartige Gelegenheit, um eine ‘top-of-the-line‘ Facel Vega Facel II zu erhalten. Ein sehr seltenes Automobil von höchster Qualität, das unabhängig von den Kosten restauriert wurde.

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The Facel Vega II is the follow-up to the legendary Facel Vega HK 500. The undercarriage of the Facel II is identical to it’s predecessor i.e. welded steel chassis, independent suspension with coil springs in the front, a live axle leaf spring system at the rear and disc brakes all round. The Facel II, however, is equipped with a more powerful Chrysler V8 motor (either a 6.2 Litre 390 bhp or a 6.7 litre 400 bhp). The 6.7 Litre motor of the Facel 11 has two four-barrel carburettors.

The body of the Facel II has little in common with it’s predecessor except for the fact that it’s appearance, like the HK 500, is stylish down to the last detail. The tail end and side window sections of the vehicle have the trademark "new edge" design which can be found in today’s concept vehicles from Ford and Cadillac; a mixture of sharp angles and fluid curves.

The Facel II also has an ingeniously constructed panoramic windscreen and rear window with extraordinarily beautifully integrated indicator lamps set into the top flanks of the rear wings. The interior, like the HK 500 is majestic; a beautiful mock walnut dashboard sloping gracefully away to it’s rounded corners, finely crafted handles and switches and sublimely comfortable leather seats. The Facel II also has many of the American novelties, which in the 60’s were simply well-built, robust and downright reliable pieces of equipment. The Facel II was an incredibly luxurious and expensive car of which only 183 were ever built. In 1962-'63 the Facel II was one of the fastest production line cars in the world, continuing the reputation the HK 500 had built for itself in the years before.

Technical data

6.7 litre V8 engine
carburettor(s): 2 x Carter AFB "fourbarrel" carburettor
capacity: 400 SAE bhp at 5400 rpm.
gearbox: 4-speed manual gearbox (Pont-a-Mousson)
top-speed: 240 km/h.
brakes: disc brakes all round
weight: 1800 kg.

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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