Facel Vega Excellence EX2 C007 restoration
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Facel Vega Excellence EX2 C007 restoration

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Facel Vega Excellence (EX C007) : cette voiture est en cours de restauration dans les ateliers Amicale Facel Holland (AFH) pour le compte de son propriétaire finlandais. L'automobile nous a été livrée en état partiellement démonté et évidemment très rouillé. Heureusement, la voiture s'est avérée être assez complète. Après que le corps a été renforcé, il a été soudé sur un châssis « travail » temporaire. La carrosserie fut sablée, certains dégâts de collision furent réparés et tout le travail de tôlerie fut effectué. Après cela, la carrosserie a été lissée et finie avec un système de peinture de haute qualité. Le châssis fut démonté. Le châssis, la suspension, le moteur et tous les autres composants furent entièrement restaurés / révisés à l’état neuf ! Récemment, le « mariage » du châssis et de la carrosserie restaurés a eu lieu. C’est une étape impressionnante du processus de restauration. Vous voyez à quel point : un Facel Vega Excellence est très vaste !

À suivre.

Facel Vega Excellence type 1 et type 2 informations complémentaires

Facel Vega a construit 145 exemplaires de la première série (type 1). Vers la fin de la production, le besoin d'un lifting fut évident. Le pare-brise panoramique un peu daté a été remplacé par une version « plus plate » et les ailerons de queue ont été arrondis pour les supprimer un peu. Mécaniquement le type 2 a été donné des freins à disque comme équipement standard et le mécanisme de verrouillage de porte avait été amélioré.
De la deuxième série (type 2) seulement 8 voitures ont été construites dans les années 1961 et 1962. Les derniers exemples étaient la route enregistrée aussi tard que 1964. Tous les 8 Excellence type 2 voitures sont encore en existence. Sur ce moment AFH a trois de ces voitures rares en restauration. Deux de ces projets de restauration sont présentés sur notre site ClassicarGarage.

The Facel Vega Excellence was presented as a luxury limousine for the worlds richest people. The Excellence was based upon the legendary Facel Vega HK 500 which was the fastest four seater production car of its day.
The 5.23 meter long Excellence features four doors of which the doors at the rear are so called suicide doors. The Excellence was built without a B-post. When the doors were opened the large opening was very inviting to enter the fantastic interior. As the other Facels the Excellence was an extremely luxurious automobile with a gorgeous finish and beautiful details. The interior is majestic with it’s mock walnut (in the French tradition) dashboard and beautifully chromed handles and switches. The leather upholstery is of an exceptionally high quality the comfort it offers reflects this. The car comes with all of the novelties which were common on the American market at the time. The robustly built automatic windows and the gear shift with it’s stylish buttons are extremely reliable and never fail. Chrome was used sparingly on Facel cars; the bumpers and side strips are all constructed of stainless steel. The Facel Vega Excellence is built upon a welded steel chassis within which the strong 6.2 litre Chrysler V8 is mounted. The undercarriage has independent wheel suspension with coil springs at the front and a live axle leaf spring suspension system at the rear. From 1960 onwards, the Excellence was equipped with disc brakes all round. Only 150 cars of this model have been built.

Technical data

Engine: 6.2 litre Chrysler V8
Carburettor: 1 "four barrel" carburettor
Capacity: 350 bhp. at 5400 rpm.
Gearbox: 3- speed, automatic (Chrysler Torqueflite)
Top-speed: 131 mph. - 210 km/h.
Weight: 1920 kg.

Facel Vega history

The French company Facel (Forges et Ateliers de Construction due’s et Loire) was first established in 1938 as a manufacturer of stainless steel products for the aircraft industry. After the second world war Facel began constructing automobile bodies for Simca, Ford France and Panhard.
In those days, the company was under the leadership of Jean Daninos.
Jean Daninos had always dreamt of manufacturing his own design of super car; the "Grand Routier" or in other words, a luxurious, comfortable and practical 4-person sports car. 1954 saw this dream become a reality with the introduction of the first ever Facel automobile onto the market, the Facel Vega FV1, equipped with a powerful and trustworthy American V8 Chrysler motor.

The addition of the Chrysler motor meant that Facel was one of the first manufacturers to combine European styled body work with a big reliable American V8...
The Facel Vega's were expensive and highly exclusive but they sold well, particularly amongst film stars and the rich and famous. With the passage of time the newer models became increasingly more expensive as extra improvements and features were introduced. At the end of the 1950’s, Facel had a motor designed specifically for use in a smaller model, the Facellia.
Unfortunately, these motors had so many teething problems that the huge amount of warranty claims they caused led the company into serious financial difficulties. The last ever models of the Facel line were fitted with Volvo P1800 (Facel III) and Austin Healey 150 pk six cylinder motors ( Facel 6). In 1964 this proud automobile finally went out of production.
Facel Vegas are cherished by enthusiasts all over the world to this very day. This extremely unique class of vehicle can easily be placed alongside classic makes such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley en Lagonda. Even though Facel did not manufacture it’s own motors, it is safe to say that the vehicle commonly known as the "Grand Routiers" of automobiles is of absolute top class and continues to leave a deep and lasting impression.

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