Frank Sinatra, Pablo Picasso and Dean Martin drove around in it. The Facel Vega was a car brand that did not need advertising to sell itself. The waiting time easily went up to eight months before you could get your hands on one of them. The extremely rare model Facel Vega FV2B is a French legacy that is still very popular and sought after today.
Facel Vega was a luxury French car brand that saw the light in Paris in 1938. Jean Daninos originally founded the company FACEL (Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure et de Loire) as a steel mill supplying coachwork to car makers such as Panhard, Delahaye and Simca. In 1953, he thought to himself: "Why don't we just build our own cars?" And so, it began. In 1954 the first Facel Vega drove around the streets of Paris. Unfortunately, FACEL couldn't keep its head above water for long and went bankrupt in 1964.
"A beautiful specimen that even Frank Sinatra and Pablo Picasso drove around in."
The inheritance left by the company was initially great. 1178 large and 1500 small cars were produced in its glory years. The rarest model is the Facel Vega FV2B and recently one was put on sale by The Houtkamp Collection in The Netherlands. It is one of only 74 FV2B's that were built and of which only 40 are said to still exist. The car already had some of the later Facel Vega characteristics, like the ‘wraparound panoramic windscreen’, but was still equipped with single headlights instead of the later twin stacked ones. The model dates from 1956 and is a beautiful car with the original manual gearbox. The FV2B is equipped with a 5,4liter Chrysler V8 engine, can go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in ten seconds and has a power output of 285 hp.
The car's elegant presentation and unique details make it even rarer. The soft green colour contrasts nicely with the bright red leather interior and still turns heads. Even custom luggage and tools are included!
We can totally see ourselves taking it for a ride. Care to join us?