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1964 Facel Vega Facel II

$184,800
Sale Price
$150,000 - $205,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
3 March 2022
Sold Date
211
Lot Number
#4+
Visually maintained, largely original
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no. HK2B136; Engine no. TY8712265. Black over gray leather. 383/355hp Chrysler wedge V-8, single carb, Torqueflite automatic, wire wheels, modern Michelin tires, woodrim steering wheel, aftermarket CD stereo.

Evaluation: Sold new in California. Represented as the 137th of 185 Facel IIs built. Tired, possibly original chrome. Faded 2005 repaint with some scuffs and scratches. Dull wheels. The chassis looks unrestored, showing oxidation and dirt. Reasonably tidy engine bay, but it hasn’t run in over a decade. The interior looks much better than the outside, with lightly worn upholstery and solid wood. A prime restoration candidate or a basic driver, at least after it’s brought back to running condition.

Bottom Line: While not a household name, Forges et Ateliers de Construction d’Eure-et-Loir (FACEL) made some of the most luxurious and stylish cars on the road in the 1950s and early 1960s, characterized by clean understated styling, a large rectangular grille and a Rolls-Royce-level price tag but straightforward Chrysler running gear underneath.

The Facel II was the last V-8 model before the company went bust and some, including the company boss, regarded it as Facel’s best. This example is a long way from being the best at anything, although getting it running at least will be more straightforward thanks to the 383 under the hood. It was realistically estimated by Bonhams, and realistically bought by the new owner.

by Andrew Newton
12 March 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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