1962 Facel Vega Excellence
Using mechanical components from the FVS and HK 500, the Excellence had an extended chassis with four large seats, four doors and a hardtop roof. Its performance (top speed of over 125mph) and luxury finish, with sumptuous Vaumol leather upholstery (as used by Rolls-Royce) and quality fittings, attracted an élite clientèle keen on using an exclusive French motor car. At the end of 1957, when it was first delivered, the Excellence cost four times more than a Citroën DS 19 but, for clients liable to promote the model (ambassadors, French and foreign personalities, etc.), considerable reductions were offered. In 1961 the Série 2 lost its panoramic windscreen and aggressive-looking fins, deemed ‘too American’, but received the Chrysler Typhoon 6.3-litre engine, delivering 390bhp (manual gear-box) or 360bhp (automatic).
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Auction Sales History
1959 Facel Vega Excellence EX1-B052 – sold for €185,600
The file with the car includes invoices and photos detailing the major work that was carried out. This is undoubtedly one of the finest Excellences in circulation, having enjoyed a complete restoration at the highest level.
Auction Source: Rétromobile 2015 by Artcurial Motorcars
1960 Facel Excellence EX1 B086 – sold for €143,040
Auction Source: The Baillon Collection at Rétromobile
1964 Facel Véga Excellence Série 2 Export C105 – sold for €190,618
Excellence Series 2 we present is, according to Facel records, the latest of eight cars produced. Originally, it was an American citizen who had placed an order but, soon after, died so the car did not get to the US. It was then bought by Jean Bauchet, director of Moulin Rouge. The car can bee seen in the background of an advertorial for Ford, from 1966, published in Look Magazine, where Mr. Bauchet is presented as a “connoisseur of fine motorcars,” whose own car is a “prestigious and rare Facel Vega. Obviously, (Mr. Bauchet) is used to the very best…”
What’s more the odometer shows just 55,000 km, a figure that corresponds to its original mileage, which was known to be 33,000km when the car was purchased in 1982. In very good original condition, always driven with care and respect, the car features a stainless steel exhaust system, fog lights fitted as original, and has been carefully maintained. Well built, it has no problems with the doors shutting perfectly, a problem that has been an issue with certain examples of the older version. The interior, which offers a rare level of comfort and luxury, features the famous painted dash with imitation wood and blue leather seats with superb patina.
Auction Source: 2012 Artcurial Motorcars à Rétromobile