Retromobile 2018

  Retromobile, the fantastically popular classic car show held annually In Paris, took place last week with the usual excellent turnout of Facel Vegas. The Amicale Facel Vega – the French owners club – took pride of place with their stand on which was exhibited the prototype Facellia which became Jean Daninos’s personal transport. As…

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…

Overheating – a cure to Facel Vega’s woes

I’ve told the story many times but in case you haven’t heard it, here goes: when I bought Rob Walker’s Facel 11, I was delighted to be able to tell him of my latest acquisition, that I’d found his car. But I was surprised by his reaction. Rather than ask where I’d found it, what…

Facel Vega: cars for sale

A left hand drive HK500 for sale and registered in the UK, or a right hand drive HK500 at auction and registered in France? That’s the rather awkward choice that awaits any Facel buyer as we approach New Year. The prices are quite robust as well. The left hand drive car is for sale at…

Neither Facel sells at Bonhams, Retromobile

Neither the ex-UK Facel 11 nor the ex-Ava Gardner Excellence reached their reserves at Bonhams auction at Retromobile on Thursday afternoon. Both were left hand drive. The 1962 Facel 11, which had been imported into the UK in left hand drive form from the USA over 10 years ago, was estimated at €275-375,000 which was…