1962 Facel Vega Facel II

History

In the mid-1950's the French metal produced Facel, Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure et Loire, entered the car manufacturing industry. Created by industrialist Jean Daninos, they had achieved success in building complete body-shells for manufacturers such as Simca and Panhard.

In 1954 Facel introduced the Vega, a luxury Grand Tourer with elegant design and powered by an American power-plant. Most of the vehicles were intended for export due to taxation existing in France. Vehicles were taxed based on the amount of horsepower they produced. A Chrysler/DeSoto V8 engine with various displacements was used to power the Facels.

In 1958 the car received a face-life and re-engineering and was transformed into the HK500. The Vega II followed soon after bringing with it a 383 cubic inch Chrysler V8. During this time, it was regarded as the world's fastest sedan.
The 383 cubic-inch Chrysler V8 power plant was capable of producing 360 horsepower. The Facels could race from zero to sixty in 8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 140 mph. Finned alloy drums were used until 1960 when they were replaced by disc brakes.

The HK-500 carried a price tag of $9,795 meaning only the well-to-do were capable of affording one of these masterpieces. From 1958 through 1961, only 458 HK500's were produced ensuring the vehicles exclusivity in modern times.

Brasseur and Danios were responsible for creating the styling of the vehicles body. The chassis was the result of Lance Macklin of HWM. The interior was elaborate, elegant, and trimmed in wood and leather. The instrument panel was exquisite, inspired by Duesenberg airplane instrument panels.

A smaller edition, the Facellia, was introduced in the early 60's featuring a Facel derived twin-cam engine. The combination, coupled with poor reliability, did not work and Facel went out of business.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2007

1962 Vehicle Profiles

1962 Facel Vega Facel II vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: B 119

These expensive and fast automobiles were the result of a Franco-American venture. The elegant bodies were made by the firm that previously supplied bodies for Panhard, Simca and Ford. The engine is a 413 cubic-inch Chrysler 'Max Wedge' with twin fou....[continue reading]

1962 Facel Vega Facel II vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: HK2B146

During Facel's production lifespan, the French firm produced approximately 2,900 vehicles. They were hand built, very expensive, stylish, luxurious, and fast. The list of owners included royalty, politicians, diplomats and entertainers: Tony Curtis, ....[continue reading]

1962 Facel Vega Facel II vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: HK2 A141
Engine Num: TY8-712-165

Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure-et-Loir (FACEL) was founded by Jean Daninos in 1939. It specialized in the construction of aircraft components and metal furniture. When War came to a close, they supplied car bodies to Panhard, Simca ....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: B 119 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: HK2B146 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: HK2 A141 




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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$390-$9,400
1962 Facel II
$9,400-$16,700
1962 Facel Vega Facel II Base Price : $9,400

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Facel Vega
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)

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