1962 Facel Vega Facel II - £159,995

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Here we have a very rare example of the most interesting luxury coupe from the sixties. This 1962 Facel Vega Facel II, HK2 B117, is one of less than 200 examples made and is offered at a very attractive price point, the car in need of a certain amount of re-comissioning after a period in storage but starts and drives and can be used as a scruffy daily driver. She is Left hand Drive, French Delivered and has every option and is in the perfect colour scheme!

Built by one of France’s most famous manufacturers of high-speed grand tourers, the Facel II continued the marque’s tradition of American performance coupled with French styling. Powered by a 355bhp, Chrysler V8, the four-seater Facel II could sprint from 0-60mph in 7. 8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 134mph while carrying its passengers in total luxury. This intoxicating experience made the Facel II one of the most desirable cars of early 1960s society. Approximately 180 of the Vega II were manufactured between 1962 and 1964. In its relatively short life, the French firm of Facel produced around 2, 900 cars, all of which were stylish, luxurious and fast. Hand-built, they were, of course, necessarily very expensive, the Vega II was priced in Rolls-Royce territory and were bought by the rich and famous seeking something exclusive and distinctive. 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 Motor Show. Government legislation had effectively killed off France's few surviving luxury car manufacturers after the Second World War but that did not deter Jean Daninos in his bold attempt to revive what had once been a great French motoring tradition. A luxurious grande routière, the Vega featured supremely elegant coupé bodywork welded to a tubular-steel chassis. The roll call of esteemed owners includes royalty, politicians, diplomats and entertainers such as: Tony Curtis, Danny Kaye, Joan Fontaine, Ava Gardner and Ringo Starr as well as great motor racing figures such as Sir Stirling Moss, Maurice Trintignant and Rob Walker.

This car was ordered directly by a French customer (Sté Pingère) and delivered in October 1962. The production number was '118' and the chassis number '117'. It left the factory with engine number 'TY8-712-240' and was equipped with the three-speed Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission, power steering, disc brakes, Borrani wire wheels and air conditioning. The colour scheme was Silver Grey metallic with Black leather interior, as it appears today. The Facel remained in France and was owned by several prominent members of the French Facel Club following its inception in 1975.

The previous owner, a world famous international car collector and part of a middle eastern Royal Family, bought the car from GTC SARL of Marseille, France, run by the famous French Dealer Jean Guikas, in December 2007 (copy sale contract on file) and exported the car. Stored since acquisition, the car will require a certain amount of re-commissioning before further use.

Presented in its original colour scheme. It is still fitted with its original engine, and comes with, what we believe to be, the original Black Leather interior with a patina that displays the unbeatable charm of carefully maintained upholstery, a far cry from the characterless feel of new leather. It provides a rare opportunity to acquire an example of the loveliest and most sought-after version of the last french luxury car. The car starts and drives today, and can be used as a scruffy driver, or restored to its original glory. The paint has suffered cracking from the Heat of the middle eastern climate but the interior is beautiful. When sold the car was a lovely driving example and nothing much has happened since then. We could not see a cheaper example in the market today, she comes with a copy of the old French Title, Is UK Taxes paid and in the process of being registered in the UK.

These are very stylish cars and are relatively simple mechanically, Jean Daninos was once quoted as saying "The HK500 was the most interesting car we ever made but the Facel II was the best. It was totally elegant." This Facel Vega II offers excellent value given the rarity and to this day is seen as one of the most iconic pieces of automotive design.