The Facel-Vega PV2B was introduced in 1955 and was an updated variation of the first Facel-Vega model, the FV. They had a custom-built tubular chassis, a powerful American V-8 engine, and elbaorate coach-built bodies.
The Facel-Vega is powered by a Chrysler 354 cubic-inch overhead valve Hemi V8 fitted with dual Carter 4-barrel carburetion. The powerplant produces 340 horsepower which is sent to the rear wheels via a two-speed PowerFlite automatic gearbox. At all four corners are servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes.
This car was delivered new to the United States in 1956. The earliest known owner was from Temple City, California who owned the car as early as 1969. By the early 1980s, the car was in the ownership of Vic Hawkins who resided in Southern California. Michael Schudroff purchased the car from Mr. Hawkins.
The car has been displayed at the Art Center Concours in Pasadena, the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance, and at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded Most Beautiful French Car. The reward was in recognition of its beauty and its high-quality, frame-off restoration that was completed some time ago, but still shows well in modern times.
The FV28 Cabriolet is fitted with monogrammed taillights, a jet-like wraparound windscreen, plenty of stainless steel trim and a single piece, egg-crate grille. There is power steering, a power top, Robergel wire wheels, and of course, the Hemi V8.
In 2009, this Facel-Vega was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's auction held at Pebble Beach, California. The lot was estimated to sell for $350,000 - $450,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $231,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.Also photographed at :