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…

Revient de Loin

    A totally restored HK500 is coming up for sale at RM Auctions Sotheby’s at the Monaco Historic meeting in Monaco on May 14. I usually leave these sales of left hand drive cars to the Amicale Facel Vega, the French club, but I was rather taken with their description that this car ‘revient…

The Search for Spares

All of us with old cars are constantly on a search for spare parts for our cars. This may be because we need them because something’s failed, or we are just building up a stock of parts for when we do need them. Finding these spares is easier for some cars than others. For instance,…

Oates’s HK500 sold

In the story below, I tell the tale of Perth plastic surgeon Jayson Oates and the HK500 he was to auction in aid of the Hunger Project charity in which he is involved. I was in Perth after the Australian Grand Prix and was hoping to see Jayson but my friend and former Facel owner…

Press Watch

As you know, I usually take Classic & Sport Car each month, and check out the mentions of Facel Vegas in that magazine. Sometimes there’s very little, other times a little more. It has a curious habit of publishing a magazine called the April edition at the start of March – I’m sure there’s good…