1959 Facel Vega HK500 Hardtop Coupe / HKBC2 Chassis Information

1959 Facel Vega HK500 photograph

1959 Facel Vega HK500 photograph

1959 Facel Vega HK500 photograph

1959 Facel Vega HK500 photograph

1959 Facel Vega HK5001959 Facel Vega HK5001959 Facel Vega HK5001959 Facel Vega HK500
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: HKBC2
Engine # TY731567
High bid of £135,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - London. (did not sell)
During the short lifespan of the French firm, Facel, approximately 2,900 cars were built. Their cars were hand built, luxurious, and fast. Initially, they supplied car bodies to Ford France, Simca, and Panhard. They branched out into automobile production in 1954 with the launch of the Vega at the 1954 Paris Salon. The name 'Vega' was in reference to the brightest star in the Lyra constellation. The Vega had elegant coupe bodywork welded to a tubular-steel chassis. Power was from a 4.5-liter Chrysler V8 powerplant which offered 180 horsepower. Buyers had the option of either a push-button automatic or manual transmission.

The HK500 model appeared in 1957. Horsepower rose to around 360 BHP, thanks to the 5.9-liter version of Chrysler's 'Hemi' V8 and top speed also increased, to 140 MPH. Dunlop disc brakes became standard in 1960 and power steering became an option. During its production lifespan, which lasted from 1958 to 1961, around 500 units were built.

This particular example is a right-hand drive Facel-Vega HK500 which was bought new by Arthur Christopher John Soames. The car was equipped with power steering, power windows, European-style headlights and a Motorola solid-state radio. Power is from a dual 4-barrel 383 cubic-inch engine mated to a 4-speed Pont-a-Mousson manual transmission. The engine is correctly numbered FY7 for its Facel-Vega application and carries the correct air cleaner assemblies.

In the 1990s, the car was given a restoration and finished in creamy yellow over a rich oxblood leather interior with a wooden dash. It rides on a new set of Borrani center-lock wire wheels with 3-ear Facel-Vega mounting nuts have been fitted.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2016

2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$175,000-$225,000 
Lot was not sold

2014 RM Auctions - London

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
£135,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 Facel Vega Excellence
Chassis#: EX1-B052
Sold for $211,410
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1959 Facel Vega HK500
Sold for $78,100
  2013 Worldwide Auctions - The Burt Collection
 
1959 Facel Vega HK 500
Chassis#: HK J2-0426
Sold for $52,800
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
1959 Facel Vega HK500 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1959 Facel Vega HK500's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Facel Vega HK500 CoupéHKL12017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $150,000$200,000
1959 FACEL-VEGA HK500 COUPEHKBC22016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $175,000$225,000
1959 Facel Vega HK 500HK1 BN22016 Silverstone Auction Restoration Show Sale   
1959 Facel Vega HK500 CoupéHK BC22014 RM Auctions London$135,000  
1959 Facel Vega HK 500 CoupeHK-AA92008 Shannons Auction 2008 Sydney Summer Classic Auction $100,000$125,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Facel Vega FVS1958 Hardtop Coupe
Chassis Num: FV457H41
Engine Num: 0207
Chassis information for the Facel Vega HK5001959 Hardtop Coupe
Chassis Num: HK J2-0426
Engine Num: TY41834
Chassis information for the Facel Vega HK5001959 Hardtop Coupe
Chassis Num: HKBC2
Engine Num: TY731567


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