Facel Vega FV1, 1955
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Facel Vega FV1, 1955

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Facel Vega FV1, année 1955. Couleur 'Tudor Grey' métallisée avec un intérieur cuir vert foncé et tapis beige. Ce magnifique Facel Vega FV1 a été restauré détaillée par Amicale Facel Holland dans le passé. La Facel FV1 est une voiture très rare ; 32 ont été construits en 1955 et seulement 10 sont connus pour exister et dont cette voiture est la plus ancienne. Ce magnifique Facel Vega est en excellent à superbe état et la voiture roule parfaitement ! L'histoire complète de ce FV1 est connue et documentée ! La voiture est vendue, y compris un nouveau pare-brise de rechange et un jeu de rechange de nouveaux amortisseurs. Cette automobile majestueuse a remporté des prix dans les Concours d’élégances suivants : Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo 2001, vainqueur de la classe (1er prix) et Concours d'Élegance Schloss Ludwigsburg 2016, 3e prix dans la catégorie « après-guerre » (fermé) 1950- 1955. Ceci est une occasion rare de devenir propriétaire d'un très recherché après Facel Vega FV1 !

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The Facel Vega FV1 saw the light of day in the year 1955. It was the first automobile manufactured by Facel. At that time the car was introduced as 'Vega' but soon after the car was named Facel Vega FV1.
The Facel Vega FV1 is a very luxurious 'grand routier' with a sporty noblessw. The car features excellent road holding capabilities and an overwhelming engine capacity. The Facel Vega is a 'majestic' sports car, the interior and the exterior show very characteristic details and ravishing French design. The automobile is very comfortable, even at very high speeds. The car features the finest leather seats, a beautiful leather dashboard, power windows and all the luxury one can ever wish in a classic car. All bright work at the exterior is not chromed; all these parts are fabricated of stainless steel.
The steel body is built upon a very strong steel tubular chassis. Facel used the most impressive engine of its time; the Chrysler 4.7 litre V8 engine with a capacity of 200 bhp. The suspension is independent at front and a live axle is used at the rear.

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4.7 litre V8 engine
carburettor(s): one "four barrel" carburettor
capacity: 200 bhp.
gearbox: 4-speed, manual (make Pont-a-Mousson)
top-speed: 200 km/h. - 125 mph.

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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