1958 Facel Vega Excellence

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1958
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    36
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

German title
Engine n� TY7 32190

- High quality restoration
- Rare and exclusive model
- Prestigious marque

The Facel Excellence occupies a special place in the history of the automobile. Firstly for the marque itself: Jean Daninos launched the luxury French automobile marque in 1954, at a time when the country had lost its most prestigious manufacturers. Secondly for its body: a low, elegantly styled saloon that was as luxurious as a Bentley and as fast as a Jaguar, thanks to its powerful and reliable American engine. Finally for its rarity: between 1958 and 1964, just 145 examples of the Excellence series 1 and eight series 2 were produced. Presented in 1956 and available from 1958, the Excellence was distinguished by its subtle blend of luxury and exclusivity: the painted dashboard packed with dials had a sporty feel in keeping with the 6.4-litre Chrysler engine that allowed it to match some of the best sports cars around.

The Facel Excellence on offer, one of the first to be produced, was sold new to the Compagnie G�n�rale de Fabrication, on avenue d'I�na in Paris, before being bought in 1959 by Baron Dominique de Dietrich, who lived in the Bas-Rhin region. In 1960, it was registered in the name of the �tablissements Guitton, avenue de la Grande Arm�e in Paris, and apparently remained parked up in a garage waiting for a new owner, who appeared in the name of Olivier Delafon, owner of the museum of presidential cars. He kept the car from 1988 to 1993. It then passed into the hands of a collector from the Auxerre region between 1993 and 2006, the year it was bought by the current owner. He then had a top-level restoration carried out by Castels Automobile Restauration Alain Delavaux, the French marque specialist based in Cadouin (Dordogne). The car was completely dismantled, the body sandblasted and repainted, and completely overhauled mechanically. The upholstery was also totally restored by the Merle workshop, in Terrasson, for a cost of over 12 000 �. A file of invoices and numerous photos document this exhaustive restoration. In 2011, some technical improvements were carried out in Germany (steering, carburettor etc). Since the restoration, the car has covered just 3 000 km in the hands of its German owner, who is a member of the very active club Amicale Facel.
Presented in dark blue with beige leather interior, this car is equipped with a 5907cc V8 Chrysler engine producing 355 bhp, a three-speed automatic gearbox, electric windows and power-steering. It comes with FIVA identity card. In addition to the interest this rare, exclusive and highly distinguished model deserves, the top-level restoration carried out makes this example particularly attractive.