Found one of those websites that advertises every classic car that is for sale worldwide, and it included three Facels from the well known St Louis, Missouri classic car dealer Mark Hyman at Hyman Ltd. One of them, however is right hand drive, so it was worth further investigation.
Hyman is quite a Facel specialist – he’s usually got one or two in stock – and it turns out that this one is the ex-Christopher Soames HK500 that was offered by RM in London in one of about four auctions crammed into last September, and which failed to sell.
It’s HK BC2 which has been with Hyman before and was owned by Russell Steel, a helicopter pilot. It’s certainly a good-looking car in good condition, and its estimate was £145-175,000 at the auction last year but bidding stopped at £135,000 and therefore it didn’t sell. It is now for sale again on Hyman’s website at $285k which is around £190k. Details are here:
Hyman always has some interesting cars and they are always well photographed in studio conditions, as you can see. A full inventory is here http://hymanltd.com/view/inventory/ . There’s a couple of Citroen SMs, a convertible DS, a Willys Jeep, a Daimler Ferret scout car and all sorts of interesting stuff.
The other two Facels are both left hand drive and include another HK500 in black and in good condition at $260,000 and a pale grey Facel 11 with the bigger 413ci/6.7 litre Chrysler engine at $375,000.
Closer to home, if you’re still in the market for a Facel, Justin Banks has stated on pistonheads website that he’s thinking of selling his collection of Facels, which include recently restored Facel 11 and Excellence plus a Facellia Coupe and convertible whose condition I know not. Justin said he was watching the Paris auctions to judge the market – this is his business, after all, not his hobby. All his cars are right hand drive and he’s based in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. He’s not actually advertising the Facels on his website so maybe he’s decided the market’s not right, but you can catch up with him here: http://www.justinbanks.com/#/home/
2 thoughts on “Cars For Sale”
Hyman´s yellow HK500, pretty as it is, now reached a price level normally reserved for Facel II´s. Sure enough, RM´s blue HK500 was sold at a much more sensible price but then again several liberties have been taken during the car´s restoration in Romania. Yet another unrestored HK turned up in France (in this week´s LVA small ad section) – a two-owner HK500, said to be a straight car but off the road for 40 years. Might be a fine project except for a self-conscious price tag – 90.000 Euros. We all know what it takes to properly restore these cars.
Don’t ever under estimate the cost of restoration of any V8 Facel? I know from experience. I’m into six figures on my HK500!