1960 Facel Vega HK500
Originally Brunswick blue, grey blue interior, rhd, automatic with power steering, 3.31 rear axle (these last two being standard for automatic cars though you could opt for no power steering and 2.93 axle as fitted to manual cars), Borrani disc wheels, disc brakes. Body, or production, nº 609 (this number can be found stamped or written on various parts. HK production nºs run from 353 to 842, hence this one was just over half way through the run.
First registered 19 February 1960.
Nothing more known until the start of green logbook:
David Frank Finlayson, 94 Cherry Tree Lane, Rainham, Essex, 06 Oct 1969. Then:
06 July 1970 Colin George Hood, 34 Perry Oaks, Lilly Hill, Bracknell, Berks;
25 Oct 1971 Frederick Wyatt, Flat 5, 29 Prideaux Road, Stockwell, London SW9; (no date, but Wyatt was presumably a dealer as he advertised it for sale in October 1971 Motor Sport for £650) A.M.Foley, 58(?) Upper Montagu Street, London W1, later 66 Ashworth Mansions, Elgin Avenue, London W9. Advertised for sale by Foley in October 1972 ('illness forces sale') for £1100ono, then in December 1972 for £675ono.
Bought by G. and Janet Aherne of Craig Cottage, Wetherden, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
MoT Certificates for 1970/71 and 1973/74 show mileages of 70,899 and 84,969 respectively.
About September 1976, bought from them by Bill Cameron - registered in his name 06 October 1976. Bill Cameron was probably the last person to drive the car before its restoration in New Zealand.
Acquired by Richard Stevens around 1984, and sold to Fred Jones in 1987. Fred Jones shipped the car to Adelaide, where he had a business making bakery machinery, but (together with his two other HKs) never did anything with it being stored under cover at the back of the factory. All three cars were purchased by Dr Heins Classics of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Dr. Heins undertook a body off restoration over a long period, work being interrupted by the series of earthquakes 2010/11 and later which did not actually unduly affect the workshops.
Restoration work included:
Body off repair and repaint
Chassis repaint and modification for LHD
Steering converted to left hand drive for the European and USA markets. Jaguar Mk II power steering gear used which is an improvement over the Facel power steering system.
Gearbox replacement with aluminium Chrysler Torqueflite 3 speed and new torque converter.
Full interior re-trim.
Re-wiring (partly for the LHD conversion).
Instruments serviced and calibrated, speedometer zerod.
Other parts being refurbished or replaced as necessary.
Current owner Jerome Lunt, purchased the car sight unseen in February 2013 and it was delivered to UK in June 2013.
Since owning this Facel the following work has been carried out by the owner:
Re-registration with 1963 registration mark, MoT.
Attend to detail component fittings to get to a standard Im happy with. For example:
o Throttle linkage rebuilt.
o air cleaner fit to carburettor.
o brake pedal stiffness.
o courtesy light fittings, under bonnet and in car (renewed and LED buls installed).
o under wing protection panels fitted.
o build and replace gear selector gate and rod.
o New speedometer cable installed.
o Remote fuel filter installed. Fuel tank is actually clean and lined.
Revise steering column to reposition steering wheel and replace original steering wheel with 15 wood rim MotoLita wheel and boss.
Replace steering column seal in top of steering box.
Replace gear selector seal (leaking work done by Midland Auto Transmissions, Kettering)
New stainless steel exhausts manufactured and fitted by Car City GB, Peterborough. Lifetime guarantee is transferrable to new owners.
Re-build the engine with crank grind (+.020 on mains and big ends), new inlet valves and inlet manifold, re-paint components, all new gaskets and seals.
Other work carried out on the car included:
Re-build handbrake assemblies on rear axle, repositioning cable anchor to improve action, refurbish shoe pivots to eliminate wear, fit new pads.
Steering track-rods replaced with new Jaguar sets having LH/RH threads for easy setting of toe-in.
New front wheel bearings fitted and greased with moly grease.
Re-pipe front and rear brake lines.
Install reverse light switch and connect wiring.
Research and correctly connect kick-down cable for gearbox.
The chassis number is stamped on the chassis and this was verified when current owner had the engine out:
Parts and documentation available with this car include:
Original RHD steering box with column + other parts to refit RHD steering arrangement. Will need a replacement RHD dashboard which is available from several sources.
Original steering wheel.
2 x Ignition Keys (no door keys have been found but these are believed to be Wilmot Breedon FP series. An FR series key which will lock the passenger door and boot is included).
V5c registration document.
2 x 1970s MoT certificates.
Current and previous MoT certificates.
Receipts from current owner parts purchases etc.
Folder of miscellaneous documentation including HK500 Service Information, brochures etc.
Facellia Parts Catalogue (slightly useful for original parts id in some areas).
Folder of memos from USA Facel Owners Club with general information concerning Facel Vegas.
Book: Facel Vega, Limited Edition Extra A Brooklands Road Test book.
Schema Electrique Facel Vega HK 500 (HK500 original wiring diagram, 2 x A3 size sheets).
Book: Torqueflite A-727, Transmission Handbook.
Book: How to Rebuild Big-Block Mopar Engines.
Book: A life with HWM from Aston Martin to Facel Vega by Fred Hobbs.
Book: Holley Carburetor Handbook. Selection, Tuning and Repair.