Revient de Loin

    A totally restored HK500 is coming up for sale at RM Auctions Sotheby’s at the Monaco Historic meeting in Monaco on May 14. I usually leave these sales of left hand drive cars to the Amicale Facel Vega, the French club, but I was rather taken with their description that this car ‘revient…

The Search for Spares

All of us with old cars are constantly on a search for spare parts for our cars. This may be because we need them because something’s failed, or we are just building up a stock of parts for when we do need them. Finding these spares is easier for some cars than others. For instance,…

Oates’s Facel Vega HK500 sold

In the story below, I tell the tale of Perth plastic surgeon Jayson Oates and the HK500 he was to auction in aid of the Hunger Project charity in which he is involved. I was in Perth after the Australian Grand Prix and was hoping to see Jayson but my friend and former Facel owner…

HK500 for sale

            ns 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…

Important parts available

I got an e-mail recently from Charles-Henry Couvrat, the Amicale Facel Vega’s internet man who tracks down every Facel that appears on the worldwide web. Nothing, but nothing, escapes his eagle eyes. (I went to a test at Goodwood last August in the Facel 11 and within a couple of days there was a pic…

Brain damage in Paris

Artcurial’s marathon auction on the Friday of Retromobile saw the prototype Facel sell for €420k. This was halfway up the estimate – which was pretty broad at €350-550,000 – but Artcurial’s prices were strong, particularly in comparison to  Bonham’s the day before. However, what you had to endure first of all was a long afternoon…

Entertainment from Paris and elsewhere

To my considerable surprise, my wife and I spent yesterday evening watching RM/Sotheby’s auction from Paris on my laptop, huddled around the kitchen table. This was the first of the three auctions taking place during Retromobile, each one offering at least one Facel Vega. That, then, was my reasoning for watching the auction, to see…

The Amicale

In the most recent Son Excellence, the French Facel Vega club’s extremely professional magazine, they write that 2015 has been a record-breaking year. ‘Never, since the founding of the Amicale in 1975, have we registered so many new members,’ going on to say that 68 new members joined in 2015, making a total of over…

Facels at Retromobile

It’s that time of the year again, Retromobile, when some of the big auction houses hold major sales to coincide with France’s major classic car show and as usual, there’s a fair smattering of Facel Vegas for sale in amongst a fabulous array of cars. I don’t want to make this site one that just…