This gorgeous dirt covered 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupe caught our attention as the perfect vehicle to feature for the subject of our Survivor Saturday profile. Upon first glance, it appeared to be a Maserati Mexico or a Ferrari 250 PF Coupe to us, but then that unique ornate grill gave up it’s identity as to it’s French rather than Italian origins. It’s history is quite interesting, both of this particular car and of the manufacturer, as well. It turns out that this vehicle had been sitting inside a wooden barn in Missouri for the past 40 years, having only covered 31,152 total miles before it was stored away. In fact, this rare Franco-American car is still wearing what’s thought to be it’s original Peacock Blue paint under all of that dirt that it has accumulated while tucked away in exclusion, hiding from marque experts who had written it off as lost forever. As we scan through the photos, we can’t help but wonder if the radio stations are still preset from the time when it was last driven, and how such an elegant, rare car gets banished to solitary confinement for so many years. With such a time capsule, our questions start building up as quickly as our imaginations run away from us…
Facel Vega produced approximately 2,900 cars during it’s short career between 1954 and 1964, hand crafting only 182 total of this particular model in their last 3 years of existence as a manufacturer.
Powered by Chrysler’s 6.3 liter V8 and TorqueFlite automatic transmission, the exclusive cars were owned by the rich and famous of their time, names still recognizable worldwide to this day.
We love the craftsmanship and shape of the leather rear seats and what appears to be either audio speakers or air conditioning vents popping up off of the rear parcel shelf. In addition, just looking at the thick, quality made door jamb conjures up images of them closing with the solid authoritative thunk of a bank vault.
This particular example ended up selling just a few days ago at the Bonhams auction in Paris for $210,000 when the hammer dropped, which is the higher end of their estimated spectrum of between $130,000 to $230,000. With fully restored Condition 1 vehicles trading in the vicinity north of $460,000, there is enough room left on the table for a full concours restoration, if that unfortunately becomes it’s ultimate fate.
We hope that this one sees just a sympathetic restoration. Nip the rust in the bud, clean it all up and get it in running order. After all, they are only original once and this Facel Vega looks to deserve a refresh over a total reconstruction.