I’m Stan Redman, a BMW Aficianado and Petrol-Head with a passion for classic cars. For my sins I am also webmaster and publisher for the Facel Vega Car Club of Great Britain. The club is non-profit making but exists to preserve examples of an historically significant vehicle of which very few examples remain.
2014 is the 60th anniversary of Facel Vega Cars
Facel Vega Cars were the brainchild of Jean Daninos, whose determination led him to recreate the classic French grande routière exemplified by Bugatti, Delage, Hotchkiss, Delahaye and Talbot in the years between the wars. After working with Citroen on the development of pressed steel bodies, Daninos established Forges et Ateliers de Construction d’Eure-et-Loir in 1939 for the manufacture of aircraft components and metal furniture, specializing in stainless steel. After the war, Facel built bodies for Panhard, Simca and Ford-France and also produced Pininfarina-designed coachwork for the Daninos-inspired Bentley Cresta, precursor of the famed Bentley Continental.
Building on the experience of these ventures, Daninos unveiled his first Facel Vega Cars – at the Paris Salon in 1954. Over the next 10 years, the range progressed through the FV to the HK500 and Facel II models – all being fitted with the most powerful Chrysler V8 engines available. They were luxuriously appointed 2+2 coupes except for a limited-production limousine, the Excellence, produced from 1958 to 1962, with the remarkable feature of four doors with no central pillar.
We have to be thankful that Jean Daninos followed his star and we have the Facel Vega Cars.