A sports car that combines the elegance of Parisian coachbuilding and impressive American V8 performance with a high-quality, professionally-built Buick all-aluminum 215-ci V8 and Rover 5-speed overdrive transmission. The engine looks perfectly at home as if factory-installed in Paris and great acceleration. Provides a sportier driving feel than an HK500, and even feels faster below highway speeds while retaining nimble and balanced sports car handling as the aluminum V8 weighs less than the original Pont-a-Mousson 4-cylinder engine. Offers fun, camaraderie, and exclusive classic European sports car ownership.
The 391st Facellia production car of about 400, and completed December 1960. About 90 were sold in the U.S. or delivered in Europe for U.S. export in 1960. An expert from the European club reports that the car was likely delivered new to California. Estimated that less than half of these 90 exist today in the U.S., with perhaps only a dozen in drivable or better condition. Engine # 1I1568994 (Buick 215 V8), Engine # 16D-193 (original matching numbers Pont-a-Mousson 1,650-cc dohc 4-cylinder–ran when removed. PaM engine and PaM 4-speed transmission available separately.) High quality, professional conversion to a 1962 Buick Special all-aluminum 4-bbl 215-ci (3,500-cc) V8 engine, Pertronics electronic distributor, new motor and transmission mounts and brackets, Rover 5-speed overdrive manual transmission, new aluminized dual exhaust, re-sized single piece driveshaft, rebuilt brakes including new master cylinder, new booster, new stainless-steel calipers, new front rotors, new heavy-duty steering bracket, repacked wheel bearings, fresh transmission oil, radiator cleaned and new electric cooling fans, differential external seal replaced, fuel tank cleaned and sealed, new tires. Gauges are functional with the exception of the speedometer (needs cable). All electrical items work includeing rare Motorola AM-radio and speaker. The diff ratio was changed to the standard 4:10 by a previous owner. Rare and period Motorola AM-radio and speaker are functional. New leather seats, new bound wool carpets and matching wool mats. The rest of the interior is likely original. Top is serviceable and has a matching red tonneau cover. Original hubcaps, jack, and jack handle. Successfully driven from Los Angeles to Monterey, round trip of 800 miles, the only known Facel-Vega V8 automobile to attend the 2014 Monterey historic car week. California title (located in Southern CA. Vanity license plate not included.) Original engine that ran and transmission that shifted smoothly when removed, and other drivetrain parts available separately.