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Facel Vega Facel II

Facel Vega Facel II 1960s French classic saloon car

You know when a car has cracked it - celebrities and royalty queue round the block to snap one up! So it was with the Facel Vega Facel II. Among them would have been Ringo Starr - drummer in a band called The Beatles. There were racing drivers, too, of course - like Stirling Moss and Rob Walker.

Fittingly, the Facel II fared well at the race-track, as well as on-road. It was, after all, powered by a highly tractable V8. Top speed was 140mph. A 4-speed manual Pont a' Mousson gearbox was hooked up to that 390bhp Chrysler 300 block.

With four passengers and a full tank of fuel, the Facel II weighed in at almost two tons. Thankfully, Armstrong 'Selecta-Ride' rear dampers were fitted. Brakes-wise, a full set of Dunlop discs did the honours. The Facel II came with power steering, leather seats and electric windows, as standard. Cockpit instrumentation was on an aeronautical theme. The Facel II, then, was fast, comfortable - and, above all, supremely stylish. It cost as much as several comparable cars put together. So - as you would expect - just 160 Facel Vegas were built ... in true exclusive style!

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