The last car produced by Facel was a development of their small model, the Facellia. Power was increased by fitting the Austin Healey six-cylinder unit from BMC. Only about 30 of these were built before the company closed down due to financial failure, but with their increased performance, enhanced styling and excellent handling derived from the Facellia model this impressive automobile is regarded as the ultimate Facel Vega product.
Visually very similar to the Facellia and Facel 3, the Facel 6 had the same wheelbase but a fractionally greater overall length. The car on view is a 1964 convertible – rarest of the body styles – restored completely by John Barton in 1996. John was approached by Neil Lawson-Baker to discuss a suitable vehicle for the most ambitious motor rally since 1912 – AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS – in the millennium year. They decided the Facel 6 was the car for this great challenge; London – Peking – Anchorage – Alaska – New York – Casablanca – London. Obviously not for the faint-hearted but Neil is a man with a mission.
Modifications to the car are extensive. Forged suspension, custom fuel tank, aluminium head, roll-cage and louvred bonnet are just a few of the special preparations needed for the event. To break himself in for this marathon rally Neil entered the car in the 1999 10th Anniversary Monte Carlo Challenge.