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Hyman Ltd
  • St Louis, MO
  • Refcode: TA988664
  • Category: Coupe
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Green
  • RHD/LHD: Other

In the world history of the automobile cars originating from France hold a special place for having abundant style and mechanical sophistication. In the 1930s and 1940s French car makers and carrosserie where producing some of the most opulent and flamboyant machines of all time. By the 1950s it was all about Citroen and their magnificently sophisticated space-age DS. At the same time a small French auto maker was building their own high end luxury cars with a unique style and a thumping heart of American V8 muscle. Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure et de Loire known simply by its contraction "Facel" was originally formed in 1938 by Jean Daninos as a supplier of machine tools for the aircraft industry. During World War II they diversified into gas generators as military machinery could not be built under the German occupation. After the war they returned to the aircraft industry but also added stainless steel kitchen equipment and soon car bodies namely for Panhard Simca and Ford France. Ina short time Facel had amassed a very diverse portfolio! Daninos was quite a petrol head and he had a strong desire to build a distinctly French luxury car of his own design. His first car known simply as the Vega was a handsome affair built around a DeSoto drivetrain and Torqueflite automatic transmission. Given the fact that Delage Delahaye and Talbo-Lago were gone there was a void in the top of the French luxury car market. The Vega sold enough examples to be updated and improved through a further two generations. The ultimate evolution the Facel-Vega HK500 used Chrysler supplied 360 (5.9L) and 383 (6.3L) engines with either a Torqueflite automatic transmission or the very rare optional Pont-a-Mousson four-speed manual. All told approximately 800 total examples of the Vega FV FVS and HK500 were built before Daninos changed tack to build smaller sporting cars a decision that would lead to their bankruptcy in 1965.According to the Facel Vega Car Club just 164 Facel cars were ever sold in the UK.It is not clear how many were HK500s but it is certainly a very small number perhaps in the single digits. So when a right-hand-drive HK500 reappears after having been believed lost it is certain to make waves among marque enthusiasts. This particular example chassis number HK G8 is just such a car. Registrars of the Facel club have long believed this car was scrapped by its prior owner who was last heard from in 1979. Its history is still being researched; however it is known that it first left the Facel Works in November of 1958 built to an order by the official UK Facel agency H.W.M.HK G8 (body number 0414) is of extremely unusual specification. It was equipped with the aforementioned right-hand drive a 383 cubic inch (6.3l) Chrysler V8 with dual -quad carburetors disc brakes and the very rare Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed manual gearbox. Given the low number of RHD HK500s it is possible this is a one-of-a-kind.It is currently presented as-found after an exhaustive 20 year search. Finished in lightgreen with a dark green top and green-blue interior it is complete but in need of a restoration. It has never been apart and is remarkably complete. Every piece of chrome trim and all body fittings are accounted for a very important consideration for such a rare machine where replacements can be scarce. The odometer shows 59680 miles which is believed to be genuine given its current condition and the length of time it has been off the radar. There are no signs of significant corrosion crash damage or repairs. While HK G8 would certainly benefit from a sympathetic and careful restoration we would stop short of calling it a project - as it is very complete free of structural issues and is not missing any components. This is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a very rare highly desirable example of Facel Vega's most famous model. Since HK G8 is so solid and complete we believe this will be a straightforward restoration to accomplish. We are confident it will reward whoever decides to return it toits former Gallic glory.

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Vintage And Prestige
  • Grays, Essex
  • Refcode: TA976724
  • Category: Saloon
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Blue
  • RHD/LHD: RHD

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. Engine rebuild. 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.

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Hyman Ltd
  • St Louis, MO
  • Refcode: TA979553
  • Category: Coupe
  • Mileage (Miles): 12,172
  • Mileage (KM): 19,584
  • 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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Spellbound Cars
  • Farnham, Surrey
  • Refcode: TA974591
  • Category: Saloon
  • Mileage (Miles): 1
  • Mileage (KM): 1
  • Colour: Black
  • RHD/LHD: LHD

1959 Facel Vega HK 500 ex Ava Gardner

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Spellbound Cars
  • Farnham, Surrey
  • Refcode: TA968374
  • Category: Convertible
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD

Facel Vega HK500 RHD

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