In its relatively short life, the French firm of Facel Véga produced approximately 2,900 cars, all of which were stylish, luxurious and fast. At the very pinnacle of these was the Excellence, a glamorous, high-performance and extremely expensive luxury saloon that cost almost 4,000,000 francs, or roughly as much as four Citroën DS saloons. Facel Véga’s only four-door model, the Excellence was based on a lengthened FV coupé chassis and featured striking, low-slung, pillar-less coachwork, the rear ‘suicide’ doors being hinged at the rear. After the first ten cars had been completed with Chrysler’s legendary high-performance 6.4-litre ‘Hemi’ V8 engine, the succeeding versions were equipped with the ‘Wedge’ unit, production of the ‘Hemi’ having ceased. There was a choice of either the Pont-à-Mousson four-speed manual gearbox or Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission, and as time progressed the Excellence could be ordered with options such as power-assisted steering, power brakes, air conditioning and electric windows.
The EX1, released in October of 1958, featured the 361ci, 360hp “Wedge” V8. Offered with either a TorqueFlite automatic or Pont-à-Mousson manual, the Excellence could reach 140mph with either transmission.
The beautiful leather-trimmed interior was always lavishly appointed and featured a vanity kit housed in a compartment at the back of the centre armrest. Production of the Excellence ceased in June 1964 after only 156 of these magnificent automobiles had been made.
This incredible survivor has been in the ownership of just one Portuguese gentleman from new, who covered a mere 46,000 fast, comfortable kilometres over the 56 years he owned the Excellence.
The level of originality is startling. The engine is matching numbers, the car is accident free, we also noted that the car is still on its original tyres, fitted from new in 1959. Needless to say this beautiful four-door coupe enjoys fantastic patina. The red leather interior is very nicely worn in, the bodywork is extremely sound, the paint wears its years with pride.
A once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the fastest, and certainly most glamourous cars of the 1950s.
Dieser unglaubliche Wagen befand sich die kompletten 56 Jahre von neuem nur im Besitz desselben portugisischen Herrn, und ist in dieser Zeit nur 46.000 km gefahren.
Der Motor hat übereinstimmende Nummern, das Auto ist unfallfrei, und es trägt noch seine Originalreifen von 1959. Dieser schöne 4-Türer Coupé trägt einen fantastischen Edelrost. Das rote Lederinterieur wurde schön eingesetzt, die Karosserie hält sich toll, und die Farbe trägt seine gelebten Jahre mit Stolz.
Eine einmalige Gelegenheit für eines der schnellsten, und sicher eines der glamourösesten Autos der 50er Jahre.