The Facel Vega model FV2B was introduced in 1955. It was an updated variation of the firm's first model, the FV. It featured a custom-built tubular chassis and was powered by a variety of large-displacement American V-8 engines. The exterior was adorned with elegant coachbuilt bodies.
The FV2B was delivered new to Paris in May of 1956, intended as a direct factory sale to ted Bassett, an American banker who later purchased a HK500 years later. The car was originally delivered in a metallic finish with a black roof and matching black upholstery. It came equipped with a powerful Chrysler 300 Hemi, 12-volt electrical system, a radio and a four-speed Pont-a-Mousson gearbox with a 2.93:1 rear axle ratio.
The early history of the car is not known. By 1984, it was in the care of American enthusiast Irma Nichols and kept it into the 1990s. It is believed that at some point in history, the car received a thorough restoration.
The car is finished in metallic silver with a black roof and rides on French-made Robergel wire wheels. It is upholstered in red leather and the interior features a trompe l'oeil dashboard with Jaeger instruments, a period-appropriate radio and heater controls. The trunk has color-keyed fitted luggage and a integrated tool tray.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, AZ. It was estimated to sell for $140,000 - $160,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had sold for the sum of $86,900 inclusive of buyer's premium.