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About Facel Vega

Facel Vega was a French builder of luxury cars. Their advertising slogan: "For the Few Who Own the Finest".

The brand was created by Jean Daninos (brother of the humorist Pierre Daninos who wrote Les Carnets du Major Thomson). Initially, FACEL (Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure-et-Loir) was a metal-stamping company which decided to expand into car manufacturing in the early 1950s. Facel entered the automobile business as a supplier of special bodies for Panhard, Delahaye and Simca. Around 45,000 Simcas were built, this lucrative contract allowing Facel to market a car of their own. The first Facel Vega production cars appeared in 1954 using Chrysler V8 engines, at first a 4.5 litre DeSoto Hemi engine; the overall engineering was straightforward, with a tubular chassis, double wishbone suspension at the front and a solid driven axle at the back, as in standard American practice. They were also as heavy as American cars, at about 1,800 kg (4000 lb). Performance was brisk, with an approx 190 km/h (120 mph) top speed and 0 to 100 km/h (60 mph) in just under ten seconds.

The bodywork was beautifully styled, making the Facel Vega an enduring classic. Most cars were 2-door hardtops with no centre pillar, but a few convertibles were built.

The 1956 model was improved with a bigger (5.4 L) Chrysler engine and updated transmission and other mechanicals; in the same year a 4-door model, the Excellence, with rear-hinged doors (suicide doors) at the back and no centre pillar, was also produced. Its pillarless design unfortunately made it less rigid and the handling was thus poorer than the 2-door cars, and they are rare.

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2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.6L DOHC M-4
85.8 kW / 115.1 hp / 115.1 hp        
   

Facel Vega Facellia (1959)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1648 cm3 / 100.6 cu in / 100.6 cu in, 85.8 kW / 115.1 hp / 115.1 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 171 km/h / 106 mph / 106 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
S4 8v 1.8L OHV M-5
80.5 kW / 108.0 hp / 108.0 hp        
   

Facel Vega Facel III

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1780 cm3 / 108.6 cu in / 108.6 cu in, 80.5 kW / 108.0 hp / 108.0 hp @ 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 5.9L OHV A-3
249.8 kW / 335.0 hp / 335.0 hp  515.0 N·m / 379.8 lb·ft / 379.8 lb·ft
   

Facel Vega Excellence (1958)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5905 cm3 / 360.3 cu in / 360.3 cu in, 249.8 kW / 335.0 hp / 335.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 515.0 N·m / 379.8 lb·ft / 379.8 lb·ft @ 3350 rpm / 3350 rpm / 3350 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 193 km/h / 120 mph / 120 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
V8 16v 5.9L OHV A-3
268.5 kW / 360.1 hp / 360.1 hp  543.0 N·m / 400.5 lb·ft / 400.5 lb·ft
   

Facel Vega HK500 (1958)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5905 cm3 / 360.3 cu in / 360.3 cu in, 268.5 kW / 360.1 hp / 360.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 543.0 N·m / 400.5 lb·ft / 400.5 lb·ft @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 5.9L OHV M-4
268.5 kW / 360.1 hp / 360.1 hp  543.0 N·m / 400.5 lb·ft / 400.5 lb·ft
   

Facel Vega Excellence (1958)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5905 cm3 / 360.3 cu in / 360.3 cu in, 268.5 kW / 360.1 hp / 360.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 543.0 N·m / 400.5 lb·ft / 400.5 lb·ft @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 6.3L OHV A-3
246.1 kW / 330.0 hp / 330.0 hp        
   

Facel Vega Excellence (1958)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6286 cm3 / 383.6 cu in / 383.6 cu in, 246.1 kW / 330.0 hp / 330.0 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2+2-seat
V8 16v 6.3L OHV A-3
268.5 kW / 360.1 hp / 360.1 hp  542.0 N·m / 399.8 lb·ft / 399.8 lb·ft
   

Facel Vega HK500 (1954)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6286 cm3 / 383.6 cu in / 383.6 cu in, 268.5 kW / 360.1 hp / 360.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 542.0 N·m / 399.8 lb·ft / 399.8 lb·ft @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 225 km/h / 140 mph / 140 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
V8 16v 6.3L OHV M-4
290.8 kW / 390.0 hp / 390.0 hp        
   

Facel Vega Facel II (1962)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6286 cm3 / 383.6 cu in / 383.6 cu in, 290.8 kW / 390.0 hp / 390.0 hp @ 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 240 km/h / 149 mph / 149 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
V8 16v 6.3L OHV M-4
290.8 kW / 390.0 hp / 390.0 hp        
   

Facel Vega HK500 (1963)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6286 cm3 / 383.6 cu in / 383.6 cu in, 290.8 kW / 390.0 hp / 390.0 hp @ 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 241 km/h / 150 mph / 150 mph top speed

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