Jean Daninos was the Facel Vega's father. His company built a beautiful, refined coupe body on a Bentley Mark VI chassis, then a similar coupe on the Simca Vendome platform, the precursors to the Facel Vega which was introduced in 1954 with Chrysler Corporation V8 power and Torqueflite transmission. It was the first of the post-WWII Euro-American hybrids, and it remained in production into the early 60's. This 1960 HK500 is very nicely restored in a extremely attractive Rose Metallic color that looks a lot like pink champagne. The interior is upholstered in inviting Red leather with the correct pleated pattern headliner and features a wood grain dashboard, factory air conditioning, Nardi wood rim steering wheel, power windows, factory tinted glass and an AM-FM stereo. It has a brand new set of chrome wire wheels. The grille chrome is excellent and it has the chrome beltline molding which often is damaged and left off during restoration. Under the hood the big Mopar V8 is topped by the correct and very rare oval air cleaner and has chrome valve covers. It drives very well and is an important and very usable example of Jean Daninos' vision and concept of a postwar Grand Routiere.
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