Lot 181 - 1960 Facel Vega HK500

Lot 181 - 1960 Facel Vega HK500

Lot 181 - 1960 Facel Vega HK500

Lot Number 181
Registration 891 AYF
Chassis Number HK1BP5
Engine Number TY7112531
Odometer reading 95,733 miles
Estimate £120,000 - £140,000
  • Restoration completed in 2017
  • Genuine UK supplied right hand drive example

Founded by Jean Daninos in 1939, Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure-et-Loir (FACEL) originally specialised in the production of aircraft materials. After World War II, Facel distributed car bodies to Panhard, Simca and Ford France. It would not be until 1954 that Facel began to manufacture its own vehicle, the Facel Vega FV, unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1954. Crippling legislation immediately after the war made it was virtually impossible for luxurious cars to be manufactured in France but despite this, Jean Daninos was passionate about reigniting the romance of lavishly glamorous French motoring. Despite the staggering $7,000 asking price at launch, buyers were still flocking to take ownership. Later developments saw the introduction, in 1956, of the Facel Vega FVS, further evolving into the all-new HK500 in 1959. The chosen engine to power the next chapter in Facel history was the most famous of them all, the 383 cubic inch, 6.3 litre, V8, which produced a thundering 360bhp, a claimed top speed of 147mph and 0-60mph time of just 8.5 seconds. Through this combination of alluring styling and significant power, the Facel Vega HK500 legend was born. The media were hugely excited with Facel's latest sports coupé. A 'Mechanix Illustrated' magazine tester, Tom McCahill, said the HK500 was, "Sexier than the Place Pigalle and throatier than a Russian basso; A sporting piece of equipment that looks like money, which is exactly what it costs ($9,795 new). A car to be appreciated as a remarkable and wonderfully satisfying road companion".

This genuine right hand drive example was first registered in the UK on 28th July 1960. It has been subject to a comprehensive restoration and as such presents in beautiful condition. The restoration was completed in 2017 and the car has been used very little since. It has undergone some very recent recommissioning and is ready to be enjoyed immediately. The styling of a Facel Vega is unique, however sitting in the drivers’ seat is like sitting in in your favourite armchair admiring your furniture. The opulence of the interior has to be seen to be appreciated. Presenting supremely well in red with black interior, this HK500 is supplied with a V5 registration document. Adored for its charm and style, the Facel Vega HK500 captivated the hearts of the masses, with numerous celebrities taking ownership of this pinnacle of French elegance. Consigned by Stewart Banks.

*Interested parties please not this car has a temperature fault which will need rectifying.



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