• May 18th 2006 at 7:54PM
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Esoteric and interesting automobiles trade hands via online auctions every day. Even still, this is the first time we can recall a Facel Vega FV-1 up for grabs.

This rare mid-fifties V8-powered GT was never built in huge numbers to begin with, so finding a matching-numbers example anywhere is something of an event. According to the seller, this particular 1955 example is perhaps one of 35 built, likely one of seven or so survivors. Despite its French origins, this FV-1 is powered by a a factory-correct, Chrysler-sourced DeSoto Fireflite Hemi V8 displacing 4.5-liters. 

The Facel Vega's original pricetag was as exotic as its flanks... in fact, it was colossally expensive. According to the listing, a new FV-1 commanded twice the money o a Jaguar XK140, or thrice as much as a Chevrolet Bel Air V8 convertible. The unknown nameplate and pie-in-the-sky MSRP ultimately killed the marque's chances, but for one lucky eBay bidder, the dream could live on.

As this is written, the seller has 43 bids, having just cracked the reserve price at $43,000. Click on the link for more photos, details, and a fine summary of the history behind Facel Vega and the FV-1.

[Source: eBay]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      A beautiful car. By the way, can anyone tell me what Columbo drove? It looks French, too.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What a coincidence. This was yesterday's eBay find of the day too!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Probably the best modern interpretion of the Packard grill ever.....I love the FV. I never saw this version (or the later Facel II unfortunately) however I would see a black HK500 on occasion....the differences were the windshield (the GM style wrap-around on HK500) and the little side intakes by the grill are bigger on the HK500)...........Hybrids were very popular in this time period...Big American V8 engines & European bodies and they were numerious.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I perfer the Hk500 myself, looks alot better, 'specially with the wire knockoffs
      Ron Winship
      • 9 Years Ago
      *Growing up our neighbor across the street in 1955
      had a silver Facel Vega with black interior. Our
      other neighbor had a 50 Buick Convertible.....both
      are now harder to find than hens teeth.
      • 9 Years Ago
      One gorgeous car and a "steal" IMHO at that price.

      Now if my intel shares hadn't dumped......
      • 9 Years Ago
      In the late '70's I lived in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for a while.
      There was a Facel Vega that I used to see parked on a side street near the
      shipyard. It looked semi-abandoned, and a little rough. It was just
      another used car, albeit an interesting one. I wondered how such an unusual car came to be left on a side street in a small town in Wisconsin. Where is it now?

      The FV was at least 10 years ahead of its time for engineering and styling.
      Look at the clean lines and restrained chrome compared to contemporary US luxo-barges. I've always thought that DeSoto later copied some elements of FV styling in their 1960's designs.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That thing got a Hemi?
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      (#9) The automotive Francophile in me responds:

      Columbo drove a Peugeot 403 convertible. Most of my non-motorhead friends thought it was an old Plymouth.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Leather Bear ... Thanks ... Mick