Facel Vega Retromobile results

There were at least ten Facel Vegas either for sale on trade stands or auctioned, or exhibited on the Amicale stand at Retromobile in Paris last week. I was away in the Alps, so didn’t follow the auctions directly – they’re quite entertaining – but I have had a look at the results and they…

Facel Vegas for sale – at Retromobile and now

Retromobile, the wonderful classic car show in Paris, is coming up next month (February) and with it come the three auctions that are regularly held to coincide with the influx of classic car people. These are hosted by RM on Wednesday February 8th, Bonhams the next day and Artcurial, as usual, is the last on…

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…

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…

FV3B sells, Excellence just falls short

The final two Facels came up at Artcurial’s auction in Paris this afternoon, Friday, and made for interesting reading. One easily made its estimate, the other just fell short by about €10,000 – so might have sold. As I mentioned, the sale started late and included many desirable motor cars, among these a Ferrari Dino…

Barn find Excellence makes €120,000

The Facel Vega Excellence from the Roger Baillon collection – a car that needs completely re-commissioning – made €120,000 at Artcurial’s in Paris this afternoon. The car was one of 59 that were deemed worth saving in the collection revealed last autumn. Given that it therefore needs a lot of work, €120,000 seems a lot…