1960 Facel Vega Excellence

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    23
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis n° EX1 - B118
Engine n° TY7 - 21242

- In the same enthusiast's hands since 1979
- Known history from new
- Magnificent original interior, with patina
- Original colour combination, original engine
- No reserve

According to records of the very active Amicale Facel, this car was delivered new to Paris on 9 December 1960, to a M. Jean Widmer (CEO of Établissements Sauter-Harlé), and registered 962 KL 75. Following the death of the owner, the Facel Excellence passed into the hands of M. René Puissieux on 25 October 1971. As it kept the same registration, we must assume the car stayed in Paris. On 13 January 1975 the registration changed to 5282 TV 38, in Isère. Exactly one year later, we find the car in the hands of a young Facel and Ferrari enthusiast from Marseille, who sold it in 1979 to the current owner, a former Amicale Facel member with a passion for collectors' cars. The car has been well preserved, thanks to the small number of owners, and is still presented in the original combination of colours, with a superbly patinated interior.
As it has been driven infrequently in recent years, the brakes were serviced in 2016 and the servo unit changed. As on all cars belonging to our collector, electronic ignition has been installed. We note that the electric window system needs work. Fitted with its original engine, this is a matching numbers car. Due to a typing error, the number shown on the registration document is BH8 instead of B118.
In the hands of the same owner for the last 37 years, this Facel Excellence exudes the sense of luxury and opulence that made its reputation at a time when Facel was one of the top French marques. The Excellence stands out for its level of finish combining luxury and exclusivity. The V8 Chrysler engine, powerful and versatile, offers a high performance to match. In period, the car offered a modern and stylish alternative to other marques such as Bentley, Cadillac, Mercedes and Maserati.