Facel Vega Facel 6 cabriolet, 1964
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Facel Vega Facel 6 cabriolet, 1964

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Facel Vega Facel 6 Cabriolet, Jahr 1964. Erste französische Zulassung 13-11-1965. Farbe blau-metallic (Bleu Facel Irisé, ursprüngliche Werksfarbe), kombiniert mit einem schwarzen Leder-Interieur, schwarzem Teppich und ein schwarzes Verdeck. Dieser wunderschöne Facel Vega Facel 6 ist ein ganz besonderer und sehr seltener Oldtimer. Es wurden nur etwa 40 Facel 6 Autos produziert, davon 8 Cabriolets. Heute sind nur noch 5 dieser Facel 6-Cabriolets Weltweit bekannt. Der Sechszylinder-Motor Facel 6 ist eine Weiterentwicklung der Vierzylinder-Modelle Facellia und Facel 3. Der Facel 6 verfügt aber über einen 150 PS starken Austin Healey-Motor, ein robusteres Rohrchassis und das gleiche Getriebe und die Hinterachse wie die groβe V8-Autos von Facel Vega. Leistung, Fahrkomfort und Komfort entsprechen den V8-Modellen in einem kompakteren Cabrio-Modell!
Im Auftrag eines Kunden wurde dieses schöne Facel Vega Facel 6 von Amicale Facel Holland (AFH) in den Jahren 2012 bis 2014 vollständig nach Top-Zustand restauriert. Während der Restaurierung wurde das Auto ausgestattet mit einer EZ-Servolenkung und stärkeren Scheibenbremsen auf den Vorderrädern. Nach Abschluss der Restaurierung wurde das Auto bei AFH gelagert. Der Kunde wollte dieses schöne Auto (Linkslenker) nicht in seinem Land fahren. Das Auto hat also seit der Fertigstellung sehr wenig gefahren. Dieses Facel 6 befindet sich in einem einwandfreien Top-Zustand: Concours!
Die Seltenheit und die Qualität dieses 1964er Facel Vega Facel 6 wurde auf dem Concours d‘Élégance Schlosz Ludwigsburg in Deutschland gewürdigt; Das Auto gewann im Jahr 2016 den ersten Preis in der Klasse "Post War Open 1960 - 1968"! Dieses besondere Facel Vega war auch Teil der Themenausstellung Facel Vega im Concours d´élégance Paleis Het Loo im Jahr 2014, und das Auto war Teil der Themenausstellung Facel Vega, die 2017 auf der InterClassics in Maastricht stattfand.


For some years Facel Vega founder and owner Jean Daninos had the idea to fill the 'gap' between the Chrysler powered V8 models and the compact Facel III which were powered by the Volvo four cylinder engine. He decided to develop a six cylinder model. In the year 1964 the Facel 6 was presented. The Facel 6 was based on the Facel III. The Facel 6 featured a stronger chassis and a longer bonnet to house the six cylinder in line engine. This robust engine was a slightly modified Austin Healey unit producing 150 SAE bhp. and giving the Facel 6 a top speed of 195 km/h. The four speed manual gearbox and the live rear axle were carried over from the powerful V8 models. The level of luxury was also a step up from the Facel III model.
The Facel 6 was conceived in a time frame at which Facel Vega was struggling for survival. As the firm went into receivership in 1964 a total of 44 Facel 6 cars were built. 35 coupes, 1 Hardtop Soudé (cabriolet with fixed hardtop) and 8 cabriolets.

Technical data

BMC type six cylinder in-line engine
carburettors: 2 S.U.
cylinder capacity: 2860 cc.
capacity: 150 SAE bhp. at 5250 rpm.
top-speed: 195 km/h.
gearbox: 4 speed, manual (Pont à Mousson)
brakes: Dunlop disc brakes all round
weight: 1180 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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