Friday, September 28, 2018

1958 Facel Vega FV4 Typoon

The Facel brand was created a few months after the start of World War II, but it was not until the early 1950s that elegant bodies from the coachbuilder were to be seen. Facel launched into the creation of a first prototype in 1952, turning to Chrysler for their V8 engines. This prototype was finally unveiled in 1954 at the Paris Motor Show. Year after year, the design was improved, and after the launch of the FV3, the company went on to add the FV4, powered by the Typhoon 354 engine exclusively for the US market.
For 1958, the engine grew to 5.8 litres (FV4) and 325 hp. Transmission was 2- or 3-speed automatic or 4-speed manual. In total, 357 FVs and FVSs were built.
The last Facel rolled off the line in 1961. Mecum's sold a concours example in February for $214k