Brian Rix – Facel Vega owner

Brian Rix, the actor manager and mental health campaigner who has died aged 92, owned not one but two Facel Vegas , both of which still exist. He makes frequent appearances in Martin Buckley’s fine tome on the marque, including a couple of pictures, one of which is in the forward. He was clearly a…

Update – finally!

First of all, deepest apologies for nothing appearing on this site for several weeks. You may know that my day job is in Formula One and we’ve just had a run of three double headers – six races – in eight weeks. That eight weeks also included the Goodwood Festival of Speed at which I…

… or didn’t

As predicted, that elusive chap ‘time waster’ cropped up to cancel his £8000 bid for the rusty HK500 featured below so it’s back on the market on e-bay for a sum not far from the figure he mentioned. This has led to suspicions that it just might have been the seller who made that £8k…

Rusty Facel Vega: sold for £8k

The heap of old rust purporting to be an HK500 sold on e-Bay on Wednesday evening for £8000. The bidding was ticking along nicely in the final minutes when a massive £8k bid came out of nowhere – actually the bidder had already bid before – and that produced a stunned silence from everyone else…

Kit HK500 (most of it) for sale

  On Tuesday afternoon, this only has about 24 hours to run on e-Bay UK but that’s probably just as well because it doesn’t leave a fanciful purchaser time to think about the possibilities, just enough time to say NO. As the seller mentions, it is a major restoration project. I’m reproducing his words below…

Matching numbers

Quite recently I derided auction houses at Retromobile for endlessly trotting out the phrase ‘matching numbers’ (for which there seems no translation) during the auction of various cars in Paris in February. The rest of the auction may have been in French – or anything else – but somebody would frequently say ‘matching numbers’ to…

Amicale exhibit

  The Amicale Facel Vega is a lively club with over 600 members worldwide and they are a busy lot, frequently attending classic car meetings and exhibiting their cars. However, Pierre Mallet seems to have gone the extra mile with this fine exhibition of all things Facel in a Hommage to Jean Daninos at the…