1958 Facel Vega FVS

The 1954 Vega is a French made car with a Chrysler V8 engine. The car was a 2+2 luxurious car that was priced out the range of most people. It commanded an exclusive clientele. The back seats did little but provide more room for luggage. The vehicle was heavy but could still reach a top speed of 115 mph. Various Chrysler engines were used and thus the statistics will vary.

Finned alloy drums were used until 1960 when they were replaced by disc brakes.

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.

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.

Facel was founded in 1939 with their primary bread-winner was building bodies for other manufacturers.


by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2008

Vehicle Profiles

1958 Facel Vega FVS vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

This 1958 Facel Vega FV4 has its original Chrysler 300C Dual 4-Barrel engine, and Chrysler 3-speed pushbutton automatic transmission. It is one of only 68 FV4's made and one of only 36 made with this larger Hemi powerplant. It has been treated to a....[continue reading]

1958 Facel Vega FVS vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 508

The Facel Vega was a combination of the best of France and the best of America; it was built by Facel, a company with much experience building bodies for other manufacturers, and at first it had an early DeSoto Hemi V8 engine under the hood. The fir....[continue reading]

1958 Facel Vega FVS vehicle information

Hardtop Sedan

Chassis Num: A2

The French Facel Vega was the brainchild of Jean Daninos who initially established Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure-et-Loir in 1939 to manufacture of aircraft components. After the war, Facel built bodies for Panhard, Simca and Ford-France a....[continue reading]

1958 Facel Vega FVS vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Facel Metallon was a highly regarded industrial firm which constructed bodies for many of France's finest cars. Founder Jean Daninos was anxious to become a full line manufacturer of luxury vehicles and showed some of his own designs as early as 1950....[continue reading]

1958 Facel Vega FVS vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: FV457H41
Engine Num: 0207

Like many other small automakers, Facel Vega built their cars in short series, with 10 different models over 10 years. Engines used over that period included Chrysler V8s rated at 172 horsepower, 276-cubic-inch DeSoto Firedome, and a Chrysler Hemi 39....[continue reading]

1958 Facel Vega FVS vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: FVSNY253

Over the span of a decade, the Facel Company created 10 different short series of models with Chrysler-sourced eight-cylinder engines. They were all luxury, grand touring cars that were popular with a jet-setting crowd on both sides of the Atlantic. ....[continue reading]

1958 Facel Vega FVS vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: FVSNY258

The Facel motor company was named for the acronym of Forges et Ateliers de Constructions d'Eure-et-Loir. They originally supplied automobile bodies in limited numbers to various brands such as Delahaye and Panhard. As the bespoke coachwork market con....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 508 
Hardtop Sedan
Chassis #: A2 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: FV457H41 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: FVSNY253 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: FVSNY258 

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

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