Welcome to the Facel Vega Car Club

The club was formed in 1977 under the name “Facel Vega Owners Club” by a few enthusiasts, and some of the founder members are still with the club today.

The aims of the club are to share the fun of classic cars, with the underlying serious purpose of preserving an historically significant vehicle of which only a small number remain. A register of cars which continue to exist is also maintained and members are asked to report sightings of this endangered species to the club historian – there are still a few “missing” cars to be located.

The Facel Vega was 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 – the aptly named Vega – 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.

Ringo Starr’s Facel Vega recently sold at Bonhams

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Ringo Starr, (born Richard Starkey in 1940) the Beatles drummer, once owned this 1964 Facel Vega Facel II – ‘the world’s fastest four-seater’ – which sold for a record £337,500 at Bonhams

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New Picture Gallery now being populated with many new images of Facels

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We are adding plenty of new Facel Vega images all the time. Please call back regularly to see the updates. If you own a Facel we would love to publish your pictures. Contact Stan, the webmaster, for further details.

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