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  • RefCode: TA1024209
  • Category: Coupe
  • Mileage (Miles): 25,000
  • Mileage (KM): 40,233
  • Colour: Red
  • RHD/LHD: LHD

1960 Facel Vega HK500

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  • RefCode: TA979553
  • Category: Coupe
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: Other

Jean Daninos the founder of Facel believed that even in the 1950s France needed a prestigious exclusive fast comfortable beautiful luxurious automobile to carry on the tradition of its great marques like Bugatti Delahaye Delage and Talbot-Lago. A successful tool maker and manufacturer with interests in a variety of metal-working enterprises Daninos created the Facel Vega the first and still one of the greatest European-American hybrids to express his vision in metal. Daninos and his resident designer Jacques Brasseur created a robust but largely conventional chassis with independent front suspension and a live rear axle. To it was welded Brasseur's masterpiece a low smooth-sided body - described by Michael Sedgwick as a 'pavilion' - on which was placed a thin pillared coupe greenhouse with generous glass area. The interior particularly the dashboard and instrument panel was equally simple and eloquent with lever controls big instruments and generous comfortable front seats. To propel this beautifulvehicle Facel obtained big long-legged V-8 engines from Chrysler in America. At introduction at the 1954 Paris Show this was a 276 cubic inch 180 horsepower DeSoto Firedome but it was soon supplanted by larger and more powerful Chrysler engines eventually reaching 383 cubic inches in 1959. Production continued but Facel tried to create a smaller version the Facellia with a proprietary 1.6 liter twin cam four that proved to be difficult and drained the company's resources. Even a revised HK500 the Facel II could not keep the company alive. The HK500 is the best of the Facels and it was chosen by a litany of wealthy famed and powerful owners including William A.M. Burden (great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt and one-time owner of the Miller V-16 road car) Count Volpi (patron of Scuderia Serenissima) Danny Kaye Stirling Moss Tony Curtiss Richard Starkey (better known as Ringo Starr) the King of Morocco and the first owner of this HK500 Arthur Christopher John Soames. Educated at Eton and SandhurstSoames served in World War II with the Coldstream Guards earning the Croix de Guerre in 1942. In 1947 he married Mary Churchill youngest daughter of Sir Winston and Lady Spencer Churchill turning to politics in the early 50s after his Army career and serving in a number of important posts including difficult assignments as Ambassador to France 1968-72 during a time of strained relations and in 1979-80 as the last British Governor of Rhodesia negotiating the colony's transition into the nation of Zimbabwe. He bought this Facel Vega HK500 in 1959 while serving as the UK's Secretary of State for War in the Harold MacMillan government. His accomplishments earned him a lifetime peerage Baron Soames of Fletching in 1979. Christopher (as he preferred) Soames' Facel Vega is righthand drive and is marked by its engine the powerful dual four-barrel carburetor 383 Chrysler of 350 or so horsepower and 4-speed Pont-a- Mousson manual gearbox the latter a rare and highly desirable option to the standard ChryslerTorqueflite automatic. The engine is correctly numbered FY7 for its Facel Vega application and has it correct air cleaner assemblies. It is equipped with power windows power steering European style headlights Motorola solid state radio and has a set of new Borrani centerlock wire wheels with 3-ear Facel Vega nuts another rare and desirable factory option. It was comprehensively restored in every detail in the 90s and comes from its second subsequent owner. The attention to detail in the bodywork light yellow paint oxblood leather upholstery and interior trim engine compartment and trunk is exceptional. Facel Vegas are noted for their extensive use of stainless steel for exterior brightwork even the bumpers and the highly polished bright trim on this example is a delight to see. Soames was known as much for his sense of humor as for his size (contemporaries noted when he became ambassador to France that he was taller than Charles deGaulle) and his HK500s license plate proudly proclaims it to be'Winston'. This is not only one of the best Facel Vega HK500s in existence it also has the most desirable dual 4-barrel 383 engine 4-speed manual gearbox and Borrani centerlock wire wheels. Its Christopher Soames provenance is the crowning feature on a singular automobile.

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  • RefCode: TA1035418
  • Category: Saloon
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: LHD

Facel Vega HK500 Manual 1960 LHD How inspiring to look at this Facel Vega and realise that this was the dream come through for Mr. Jean Daninos, the founder of the prestigeous Facel Vega make. Mr. Daninos believed that in the 50ies also, France needed to carry on with the tradition of its prewar great marks such as Bugatti, Delahaye, Delage and Talbot-Lago, and develop an exclusive, fast, comfortable, beautiful and luxurious automobile. In collaboration with his in house designer, Mr. Jacques Brasseur, Daninos created a robust but largely conventional chassis with independent front suspension and a live rear axle. To it was welded Brasseur's masterpiece, a low, smooth-sided 2+2 body offering excellent all round panoramic vision. The cabin offered cosy comfort and a remarkable dashboard with somptuous hand painted wood veneer decoration. To power this beautiful vehicle, Facel obtained big, long legged V-8 engines from Chrysler in America. In this HK500 we find the most powerful 350 HP 6.3 litre V8 fed by 2 Carter 4-barrel carbs which is coupled to the sought after Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed manual gearbox (most HK500 were automatic), enabling this Facel Vega to reach 235 Km/h and accelerate from 0 to 60 Miles/h in 8.5 seconds. Chassis number BU2 was sold new in France and belonged for 20 years to the writer Jean Renald. The original color was black with black leather interior. In the 80ies this HK500 arrived into the hands of an enthusiast Facel Vega club member, who had his Facel Vega completely restored by ACP in Paris. This was also the moment when the color was changed into the attractive combination of very dark maroon Aubergine with beige leather interior. The simple fact that 25 years later this HK500 is still a stunning beauty, proves how well the restoration was performed. More than 10 years ago this HK500 arrived in our classic car stable. My specialist classic car workshop took care of the maintainance of this beautiful French top class automobile for her Belgian owner. Thereby allowing me to drive this Facel Vega on a regular basis. An opportunity I enjoy each time very much. Comfort and exclusivity combined with lots of panache and a great sound. Chrome Dunlop wire wheels were fitted, but the original central locking disc wheels are still available. You must have noticed my description of this Facel Vega HK500 is crammed with superlatives. Believe me, this rare automobile (only 489 examples were produced) deserves them all! Price: 195.000 Euro

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  • RefCode: TA1019333
  • Category: Coupe
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD

Facel Vega HK500 RHD

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