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1960 Facel Vega HK500

$225,000 - $275,000

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2020


Chassis No.
HK1 BS2X
  • One of 490 examples produced from 1959–1961
  • Subject of a comprehensive no-expense-spared restoration
  • Discreetly fitted with Bluetooth radio and air-conditioning
  • French flair with reliable Chrysler “Wedge” V-8 and Torqueflite transmission

Addendum

Please note that the title is in transit.


Forges et Ateliers de Construction d’Eure et de Loire SA, or Facel, was founded in 1938 as a maker of machine tools for the aircraft industry, later diversifying by making car bodies for Panhard, Simca, and the stylish Ford Comete. Most famously, it introduced the Vega in 1954, a handsome and luxuriously appointed four-seater powered by a 180 hp DeSoto Hemi. Production of the French-American hybrids continued through ten versions, including an original sports car called the Facellia in 1962. Facel owners were among the rich and famous, not unlike its American-Italian contemporary, the Dual-Ghia. They included Tony Curtis, Danny Kaye, Ringo Starr, Joan Fontaine, and Ava Gardner, along with Sir Stirling Moss and Maurice Trintignant.

The HK500, of which 490 were produced from 1959–1961, is powered by a 5.9-liter, 361 cu. in. Chrysler Typhoon “Wedge” V-8 boasting a published 355 hp. Backed by a Chrysler three-speed Torqueflite automatic, or the French Pont-a-Mousson fully synchronized four-speed manual transmission, it was one of the fastest cars available in the world at the time and capable of sustained cruising at 100 mph.

This HK500 is described by the consignor as one of the finest in existence. It is one of 385 left-hand-drive examples and one of 301 equipped with automatic transmission. Sold to a collector in the Netherlands approximately ten years ago, it was the beneficiary of a no-expense-spared comprehensive restoration. About six years ago, the Facel arrived in the U.S. via a well-known dealer/collector who shortly thereafter sold it to the current consignor.

During his ownership, the car received more than $100,000 of documented work. The engine, transmission, and differential were completely rebuilt and the suspension and braking systems serviced—as the consignor says, “To make certain it would remain one of the finest of its kind and ready for immediate use at a moment’s notice.” A hidden vintage radio with Bluetooth and air-conditioning were discreetly installed, adding to the comfort of this beautiful grand tourer.

Finished in a striking combination of silver-grey metallic with a contrasting black-painted roof, center-lock wire wheels, and a red leather interior with matching carpets and luxurious burl wood, this Facel makes quite a statement.

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