1963 Facel Vega Facel II

The Facel II is the ultimate expression of Jean Daninos' vision of the great gran turismo combination of European handling and road holding, French coachwork design by Daninos and the powerful, reliable V8 powertrains from Chrysler. Introduced in 1962 and in production for only three years, just 136 were built before ruinous French automobile taxation forced Facel to cease operations. The vertically stacked quad headlights of the Facel II may be the most attractive rendering of this design theme augmented by the Facel II's rectangular center grille and vertically stacked oblong side grilles. This example is powered by a Chrysler 413 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, factory air conditioning, Borrani wire wheels, power steering and power brakes. It is attractively liveried in Dark Blue with Tan leather interior. It was put into storage in 1971, only recently brought out of hiding and shows just 40,700 probably original miles on its odometer. Although it runs the transmission and brakes both need attention after years of inactivity. The body has rust in the rear quarters and rocker panels but the important interior and trunk floor panels are solid. Only the rocker moldings, right front wheel arch trim, front bumper guards and taillight bezels (or maybe the entire taillight housings) are missing; all the interior trim, knobs and handles are in place and the upholstery and soft trim are all as delivered if stiffened with age. It could be driven and enjoyed with little effort and is a prime candidate for a straightforward restoration to its original magnificence. The quality of these individually hand built cars' construction is famous, with full stainless steel bright work, including the spokes of the Borrani wire wheels. A Facel II is the mark of a passionate and individualistic owner.

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