Facel press watch

Press watch July 2017 As you may know, I periodically review certain magazines for mentions of Facel Vegas and quite often these mentions are as rare as the cars themselves. Things have been pretty quiet on the Facel front of late, but this month’s Classic and Sports Car has a few mentions which I thought…

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…