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Lot 53

2016   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2016

1962 Facel Vega Facel II

SOLD $280,500

Estimate

$275,000 - $325,000

Chassis

HK2 A141

Car Highlights

The Ultimate Model from an Important French Marque
One of Approximately 180 Examples Built
Long-Term Single Family Ownership
Well-Known and Highly Regarded Among Facel-Vega Enthusiasts
Featured in Collectible Automobile Magazine

Technical Specs

383 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single Carter AFB Carburetor
355 HP at 4,800 RPM
3-Speed Torqueflite Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Dunlop Disc Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled A141.

Register to Bid

Mr. Bazin, South of France (acquired new in 1962)Mr. Segal, California (acquired circa 1970)Bill McKnight, California (acquired from the above in 1970)Jan Fisher and family, California (acquired from the above in 1985)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Deer Park, Escondido, California, November 1985 (Best in Show)

Created in 1961 by Jean Daninos, the Facel II was launched at the Paris Motor Show as the ultimate expression of the gran turismo and was advertised as "Le coupe 4-places le plus rapide du monde" (The fastest 4-seater coupe in the world). It retailed at three times the price of its peer, the E-Type Jaguar. Approximately 180 of these masterpieces were produced by Forges & Ateliers de Construction d’Eure-et-Loir (FACEL) before the company ceased operations in 1965. The stunning Facel II featured a low profile with vertically stacked quad headlights and an elegant center grille – a silhouette that caught the eye of celebrities such as Pablo Picasso, Ava Gardner, the Shah of Iran, and Frank Sinatra.

According to factory production records maintained by the Amicale Facel Holland, this Facel II, chassis HK2 A141, was built in May 1962 to the order of the agent Savoye, located in Toulon, France. The original specification shows that the car, designated by production number 042, was delivered in Tudor Grey paint over black leather and equipped with the Chrysler 383 Wedge engine, limited-slip differential, Torqueflite automatic transmission, Borrani wire wheels, HMV radio with automatic antenna, and power windows.

While the early history of HK2 A141 is not fully documented, it was originally sold to a Mr. Bazin in France. The car was acquired in 1970 by Bill McKnight of Southern California, who painted it orange and acquired the California blue plate number 212 BBX. In the early 1980s, Mr. McKnight returned the Facel II to its original Tudor Grey and had the engine rebuilt and a new transmission fitted. With 73,000 miles on the odometer, the car was acquired by Jan Fisher of California, a Facel-Vega enthusiast who won several awards with it, including Best in Show in November 1985 at the Deer Park event in Escondido, California. That same year the car was featured in Collectible Automobile magazine. Mrs. Fisher kept this car for the duration of her life, and after her passing the Facel II remained in the Fisher family. The current owner, a gentleman with a passion for Facel-Vegas, acquired HK2 A141 in 2015, having been thoroughly impressed by its fascinating provenance and documentation.

Rare and aesthetically sensational, the Facel II is the quintessential example of French luxury motoring in the 1960s. The lovely condition of this Facel-Vega is testament to the care and attention that has been lavished on it over the years and promises its future owner the prestige of European beauty matched with the assurance of American V-8 power – the elusive perfect marriage.