|1959 Facel Vega HK 500
Lot No.: 348, up for auction, at Silverstone auctions at the NEC on March 6, 2016
Registration: not registered at the moment. It was 4PPF but this is now on a Mercedes Sprinter
Chassis Number: HK1 BN2
Engine Number: TY7-1124-1
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Estimate (£): 45,000 – 55,000
Part of the auction description is as follows (following the usual auction house description of Facel Vega):
This UK-supplied HK500 HK1 was delivered new to Westcote Manor, the Oxfordshire pile of Captain Hesketh Raoul (Liony) Millais, noted equestrian, portrait artist, keen sportsman and son of Johnny Millais, noted explorer, artist and landscape gardener. Though it left the factory in a gleaming Peony Red, ‘Liony’ had the car relacquered in Silver grey prior to receiving it on May 5th, 1960. This car has a lovely specification featuring power assisted disc brakes, 3-speed Torqueflight automatic gearbox, power steering, and electric windows.
This is a unique barn find having been out or circulation in the UK for some 35 years prior to being acquired by its current owner last year. It has been stored sympathetically and is in highly original and relatively complete order. The interior is all there and the bodywork is in need of restoration. We encourage all buyers to inspect this vehicle in person.
It is noted that at some point the wheel housings have been relieved and a modern Moto Lita steering wheel added but these modifications can be easily reversed. A very important right-hand drive supercar with real provenance, this Facel would benefit greatly from a ‘concours’ restoration. Sold strictly as seen, this car deserves to be brought back to life and applauded for what it is, a brave creation in the face of adversity and a wonderful piece of French automobile history.