1959 Facel Vega Excellence for sale 101237578
1959 Facel Vega Excellence
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1959 Facel Vega Excellence

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Paris event, 5 February 2020.
  • Offered from the Poster Car Collection
  • One of 134 first-series examples built
  • One of just 21 examples factory-fitted with manual gearbox
  • Restored in the early 2000s to the original colour combination
  • Succinct ownership chain of just five caretakers
  • Elegant coachwork design with prodigious American horsepower

Introduced at the 1956 Paris Salon, the Facel Vega Excellence was the companys sole four-door offering, intended as the transportation of presidents and potentates. The Excellence featured expressive design cues like a wraparound front windscreen, a large upright grille, rear tail fins, and a distinctive pillarless entryway with rear-hinged rear doors. With power provided by a stout Chrysler engine, the model was also capable of performance comparable to concurrent Italian grand tourers.

One of 134 first-series examples built, chassis no. B052 was factory-finished in black paint over a red interior and was purchased in 1959 by Mrs Godfrey Fowler, a resident of Monte Carlo. Equipped with power-assisted steering, the car is believed to be one of only 21 examples fitted with a manual gearbox.

In 1963 the Excellence was sold to M G Heuze of Paris, and four years later it passed to M J Fay, a member of the Amicale Facel club. In 1990 he sold the car to Yves-Marie Morault of Rouen, who commenced a comprehensive restoration in the early 2000s, including a full mechanical rebuild and a reappointment of the interior in the original red colour. Acquired by the consignor in 2015, the rare Excellence is documented with restoration invoices and prior registrations; it would make a singular addition to any collection of luxury touring cars.

  • Issue de la collection Poster Car
  • Un des 134 exemplaires de la premire srie
  • Un des 21 seuls exemplaires construits en bote manuelle
  • Restaure au dbut des annes 2000 dans son harmonie de teintes initiale
  • Seulement cinq propritaires successifs
  • Une ligne lgante associe un prodigieux moteur amricain

Lance au Salon de Paris 1956, la Facel Vega Excellence tait la seule quatre-portes du constructeur, qui lavait conue lusage des dirigeants. Son style arborait des signes distinctifs tels quun parebrise panoramique, une imposante calandre verticale, des ailerons arrire et un habitacle sans montant central dont les portes arrire souvraient vers lavant. Equip dun puissant moteur Chrysler, ce modle pouvait rivaliser en performances avec les GT Italiennes.

Ce chssis B052, lun des 134 exemplaires de la premire srie, tait sa sortie dusine noir avec un intrieur rouge ; il a t achet en 1959 par Mme Godfrey Fowler, une habitante de Monte Carlo. Il est quip dune direction assiste et est considr comme lun des 21 seuls exemplaires monts en bote manuelle.

En 1963, lExcellence fut vendue M. G. Heuze, de Paris, qui la cda quatre ans plus tard M. J. Fay, un membre de lAmicale Facel. Celui-ci la revendit en 1990 Yves-Marie Morault, de Rouen, qui entreprit au dbut des annes 2000 de la restaurer en profondeur, avec une rvision mcanique complte et un regarnissage intrieur respectant le rouge des origines. Cette rare Excellence, acquise par son vendeur en 2015, est munie de ses factures de restauration et de ses documents dimmatriculation prcdents. Elle constituerait pour toute collection de luxueuses voitures de tourisme un remarquable enrichissement.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa20.

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