1960 Facel Vega Excellence
Year of manufacture1960
Temporary import in the EU
Chassis n°EX1 B086
- Coming from one of the most selective collection in Europe
- Ex-Roger Baillon Collection
- Incredible well-preserved condition
- Exceptional history
- Sold new to Helen Kirby of Bagration
With only 153 units manufactured and aimed at an elite clientele, the Excellence was built as an exclusive car. This example is no exception to the rule and was delivered new to its first owner Helen Kirby de Bagration on 25th February 1960. The latter came from an aristocratic Russian family who emigrated to France during the Revolution. The car would then be sold in 1963 at Neuilly before being taken over in 1964 by the Savoye garage. It was in December of that year that Roger Baillon acquired it and it was not until 2015 that the car emerged from oblivion, which was during the historical sale of the famous Baillon collection by Artcurial Motorcars. Its owner, a selective and demanding collector, was then seduced by its exceptional well-preserved condition.
The car therefore benefited from a thorough cleaning but remained in its completely untouched condition. The bodywork consequently still retains its original "Tudor Grey" livery and the sumptuous black leather upholstery is in a rare well-maintained condition. The dashboard is magnificently highlighted by its extraordinary wood effect paint and only the sky roof is missing. It has 52,213 km displayed on the odometer and under the bonnet, a drain label dating from 1965 indicates a mileage of 48,221 km. This car has therefore not been driven much at that time. A mechanical reconditioning would be advisable before restarting the car but it should be left untouched otherwise as this would be the perfect contender for the preservation class in the best Concours d'Elegance events around the world.
This is a neat car and is still equipped with its toolbox. Arriving from Switzerland, it will be delivered with its old French registration document whereas duties and taxes will be at the buyer's costs depending on their own country.
This first series Excellence is certainly one of the most well-kept examples and deserves a sympathetic recommissioning which preserves its originality and which will turn this sculpture into a moving piece of art, consequently representing a tribute to the passing of time.
Lot from outside the EU: In addition to the commissions and taxes indicated above, an additional import VAT will be charged (5,5% of the hammer price for vintage/classic cars, 20% newer/modern motorcars).
For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1960-facel-vega-excellence-3980-59
Photos © Peter Singhof