1962 Facel-Vega II

Introduced in 1962 and in production for only three years, Facel built just 136 of its ultimate Facel IIs before ruinous French automobile taxation forced Facel to cease operations. After years of production and refinement the Facel II was close to the perfected embodiment of the French auto tradition's three-quarter century history. Power is provided by Chrysler's 413 cubic inch wedge V-8 putting 340hp through the TorqueFlite automatic transmission. 4-wheel disc brakes ensured that even nearly two tons of luxury and elegance were under control. The body was refined with a more restrained wraparound windshield, stylish flat roof on thin pillars and vertical headlights. This black 1962 Facel II with grey leather and black carpets is a particularly significant example with its original factory-installed engine and Facel-stamped cylinder heads still in place. Adding to its attractiveness to modern collectors is the trunk-mounted Artic Kar air conditioning system, a comfort option rarely seen in these Parisian grandes routieres. It has been cosmetically restored to high standards with excellent paint, upholstery and interior wood applique and trim, its original Facel wood rim steering wheel, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, black wall tires, power steering, power brakes, power windows and period Blaupunkt multi-band radio. The black paint shows the refined lines of the Facel II body to advantage, especially when set off as on this car by re-plated chrome and polished stainless steel trim. The engine has been redone and the engine compartment is thoroughly detailed. This is a straight, sharp, rare and pretty car with immediate eye appeal, thoroughly cosmetically redone to high standards and mechanically gone through. The presence of the original factory-stamped heads is a particular plus for this car's correctness and originality.

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