Is it really worth £425,000?

Alan Carrington Classic Cars Ltd in Kent, England, has set a new world record of an asking price for a Facel Vega, in this case a Facel 11: £425,000. The car, of course, is fully restored and looks fantastic, but is it worth it? As the owner selling the car, he can ask what he…

Spinners

Last night I watched a Facel wheel-spinner sell for £107 on e-bay. Quite a sum, one supposes but then you’re not likely to see one every day. Or are you? There is another single wheel spinner for sale at £160.50 and a set for £720 on e-bay. But therein lies a quandary which is typical…

Facellia engines

  Writing about the little cars the other day, I was reminded of a piece of paper given to me by our respected historian, Richard Stevens, when I first bought my Facellia back in the 1980s. He had kindly listed all the Facellias imported plus left hand drive cars and their owners, but particularly, their…

The Little Cars

  Not a demeaning term, but these are the smaller- non-Chrysler-engined cars with three different engine specs built between 1960 and the company’s demise in 1965: Facellia, Facel 111 and Facel 6. They maintained the distinctive Facel characteristics such as the three radiator grills in the nose, same headlights as HK500 and then  Facel 11,…

Parts and prices

Some recent correspondence on the French Facel site highlights the problems facing the restorer. It concerns prices for the windscreen washer bottle, a glass receptacle called Lavglace which sits in a black metal framework. The French point out that it was used on several French cars in the fifties. It can be called Bol Vase…

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…