1959 Facel-Vega HK500

Jean Daninos owned Forges et Ateliers de Construcion d'Eure et de Loire in Paris, making machine tools before the war but afterword concentrating on metal office furniture and domestic cabinets while also subcontracting parts for French automobile manufacturers. In 1950, Facel, as the company was known, displayed a beautiful, refined coupe body on a Bentley Mark VI chassis, then a similar coupe on the Simca Vendome platform. They were 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. Total production of the many Chrysler V8 that powered Facels has never been established, but it is probably under 1,000. Their reputation for design, style, performance and quality has encouraged their survival and this 1959 HK500 is the ideal basis for an uncomplicated restoration. Finished in metallic Blue, it is aged but also remarkably complete and its configuration is consistent with the factory delivery records. It has chrome wire wheels and is powered by a Chrysler 383 Wedge V8 with a single 4-barrel carburetor and the very hard to find factory correct oval air cleaner. The body has rust in the rear quarters and repairs have been started to the right front fender but not completed. The interior leather is torn and stiff. That said, however, it is an unusually complete, very rare, grand routier which will be a rewarding and uncomplicated restoration project.

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