Facel Vega to francuski, luksusowy samochód produkowany od 1954 do 1959 roku, a skrót FVS to nic innego jak Facel Vega Sport. Z zewnątrz nic nie wskazywałoby na tą ostatnią literę skrótu, gdyby nie dźwięk. Pod maską znajdziemy V8 OHV Hemi o mocy 325 KM o pojemności 5,8 cc od Chrysler’a, a maksymalna prędkość rozwijana przez pojazd sięgała 225 km/h. Model FV4 (nieoficjalnie zwany też FVS) produkowany był na eksport i oferowany był równolegle z modelami FV3 i FV3B. Ta fascynująca kombinacja muscle car i grand tourer’a powstała w 94 egzemplarzach, z czego 26 z dużym silnikiem HEMI. Automatyczna skrzynia biegów, niezależne przednie zawieszenie, hydrauliczne hamulce bębnowe, zaskakująco pewne i sportowe prowadzenie. Ten rzadki klejnot jest tym cenniejszy, że przez 57 lat swojego istnienia cieszyło się nim tylko 4 właścicieli. W Arizonie w styczniu 2017 roku osiągnął cenę 247 500 dolarów.
1958 Facel Vega FVS Series 4 Sport Coupe
Chassis no. FV4-57H-41
Body no. 0207
325 bhp, 354 cu. in. OHV Hemi V-8 with two Carter four-barrel carburetors, PowerFlite pushbutton automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and telescopic dampers; live rear axle with longitudinal semi-elliptical springs and telescopic dampers; and four-wheel Lockheed-Bendix hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 104.8 in.
Four owners from new
High-quality, well-maintained recent restoration
The supreme European grand tourer of its era
With the domestic manufacture of large engines quashed, Facel Vega followed a pattern established by the likes of Delaunay-Belleville before the war, sourcing an American eight-cylinder engine, which had the great advantages of quality and larger production numbers. Starting in 1954, their engine of choice was from Chrysler.
As with so many small manufacturers, Facel Vega built its cars in short series, with 10 different models over 10 years. The same decade corresponded with a rapidly developing horsepower race in America, and Facel Vega’s Chrysler V-8s increased from a 172-horsepower, 276-cubic inch DeSoto Firedome to a 354-horsepower, 392-cubic inch Hemi V-8 from the Chrysler 300. Of the approximately 357 Series 2 through Series 4 FVS that Facel Vega built, only 36 are thought to have been equipped with this car’s 325-horsepower, dual-quad Typhoon Hemi engine.
Facel Vega’s drivetrain was powerful and largely conventional, but the results were not. Under the beautiful skin of an FVS lurks a fascinating combination of muscle car and grand tourer. It is unhappy when asked to ease off the line, instead requesting the driver to put their foot to the floor and enjoy a sub-10-second 0–60 time. Thanks go to the Hemi’s 430 foot-pounds of torque for moving a 4,100-pound car up to speed so fast. At the same time, handling is surprisingly confident and sporty. With a top speed in the neighborhood of 130 mph, it is supremely exciting when driven with confidence, yet it is also relaxed and comfortable at highway speeds.
According to former owner and noted collector Wayne Davis, the car offered here was sold new in the Dallas, Texas, area, and was street-driven until 1968, when it was disassembled for restoration by a forward-thinking enthusiast. It was still apart when Mr. Davis acquired the car and was completed to a show-quality standard for his collection in 2012.
The Facel Vega includes a fitted five-piece set of factory luggage, correct wire wheels (shod in Michelin radial tires), maroon Connolly leather, and Wilton wool carpets, as well as a Motorola AM/FM radio. The original windshield, which was once referred to as “maddeningly” irreplaceable, does not display the common Facel Vega cracks, and the exposed exhaust tips at the other end are not damaged. The interior is very well done, with only slight signs of use, and the wood-grain dashboard, with its crystal-clear gauges, is like new.
As a dual-quad Series 4, it is a rare jewel in its own right, as it is unlikely that there are any others that have enjoyed only four owners in 57 years or have been restored to so high a standard. It is as close as one can come to buying a new Facel Vega.