Snapshot: 1958 Facel Vega

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If the idea of having an ultra-exclusive car appeals, a Facel Vega should be able to scratch that itch.

The French company had a relatively short but interesting history, as a component maker for the aviation industry, and as a coachbuilder for other marques, and eventually a car-maker in its own right. It made just shy of 500 cars before it went belly-up in the 1960s. We’re told just 71 were built in 1958.

Intended as an uber-luxury GT car, the HK500 is the pick of the range, in this case running a 383 Chrysler V8 with a three-speed auto transmission.

Lorbek in Melbourne has the car, which appears to have undergone a big restoration.

Facel Vega HK500

YEARS OF PRODUCTION 1954-1962 (all Vegas)
BODY tubular chassis
ENGINE 6.3-litre V8
POWER 265kW @ 4800rpm
TORQUE 576Nm @ 2800rpm
0-100km/h 7.4
TOP SPEED 210km/h
GEARBOX 3-auto
SUSPENSION dual wishbone front; live axle rear
BRAKES Disc/disc


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