Facel Vega FV2B
In March 1956, a full year after the introduction of his predecessors FV, FV1 and FV2, the first FV2B left the factory. Of the FV2B, which was produced until November 1956, only 74 were build. Among public and press, the new Facel was well received. The car already had some of the later Facel Vega characteristics, like the ‘wraparound panoramic windscreen’, but was still equipped with single headlights (instead of the later twin stacked ones). With a 5.4 liter Chrysler V8, the car came with a slightly heavier engine than the FV2.
The car’s history
At the time of the introduction of the FV2B, Facel Vega’s star was rising. Waiting lists were as long as 8 months. There was no need for publicity as a Facel sold itself. In 1956, without a dealer involved, the car was sold directly to its first French owner, industrial Gérard Foussier. Eventually, just as happened to many other Facel Vega’s, the car was shipped to the United States, but later returned to Europe. Its German owner restored the car in 2012/2013. The car has matching numbers, German registration and is in a perfect condition. This is also one of the few Facel Vega’s which originally were equipped with a manual gear box. Nowadays it is one of only forty FV2B’s believed to be still existing.
Model: Facel Vega FV2B
Weight: 1.660 kg
Dimensions: 4.75 x 1.76 x 1.38m
Prod. no.: 134 (out of no. 74 to no.147)
Top speed: 198 Km/h
Years of production: 1956
Engine: Chrysler De Soto V8 Hemi S-24 5413cc/285bhp
Total production: 74 cars
Gearbox: Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed manual
Price: Sold in Holland