by R.M. Clarke
Facel S.A., a specialist body-building company, produced the Vega as its first car, initially powered by a Desoto Firedome engine in a 3.5 inch welded, tubular chassis and a two-door body with wraparound front screen and pillarless side windows. The luxury of a Rolls-Royce with reliable mechanics. It was developed in 1959 into the HK500 with a bigger 6.3-litre Chrysler engine becoming very popular in Britain.
Also in 1959 the Facellia was introduced but unfortunately the Pont-a-Mousson, twin-cam unit was not so good. Early cars holed pistons. The F2 was much improved and the company announced it would replace problem engines. To restore confidence the company went to Volvo for the Facel III. Finally the Facel 6 was introduced with the Austin Healey 3000 engine but only 26 were made, the company went into liquidation at the end of 1964.
The whole production run was in the region of 2000. This is a book of contemporary road and comparison tests, specification and technical data, used car reports, buying second hand, new model introductions, long terms tests, history.
Models covered include: FVS, HK500. Excellence, Vega Sport, Facellia, GT Coupe, Facellia 1600, F2S. Facel II, Facel III Coupe.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Limited Edition series deal mostly with makes and models of a highly specialised nature and are generally printed in small quantities. Each book has 92 pages and around 200 illustrations.
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