Jean Daninos, the founder of Facel, believed that even in the 1950′s France needed a prestigious, exclusive, fast, comfortable, beautiful, luxurious automobile to carry on the tradition of its great marques like Bugatti, Delahaye, Delage and Talbot-Lago. A successful tool maker and manufacturer with interests in a variety of metal-working enterprises, Daninos created the Facel Vega, the first, and still one of the greatest, European-American hybrids, to express his vision in metal. Daninos and his resident designer, Jacques Brasseur, created a robust but largely conventional chassis with independent front suspension and a live rear axle. To it was welded Brasseur’s masterpiece, a low, smooth-sided body — described by Michael Sedgwick as a ‘pavilion’ — on which was placed a thin pillared coupe greenhouse with generous glass area. The interior, particularly the dashboard and instrument panel, was equally simple and eloquent with lever controls, big instruments and generous, comfortable front seats. To propel this beautiful vehicle Facel obtained big, long-legged V-8 engines from Chrysler in America. At introduction at the 1954 Paris Show this was a 276 cubic inch, 180 horsepower DeSo
left-hand-drive 1959 facel vega hk500 coupe yellow 4-speed 1600cc leather manual power-steering restored facel-vega
2310 Chaffee Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146, Missouri
Few marques are more enigmatic than Facel Vega, founded by Jean Daninos ...