You may never have heard of the French carmaker Facel. After starting out as a coachbuilder for companies like Delahaye and Bentley, Facel moved on to crafting entire cars. From 1954 to 1962, the company produced the Chrysler Hemi-powered Vega. Facel closed its doors in 1964, but some intriguing sketches and renderings have stirred up a lot of chatter on the Internet of a possible revival of the brand.

Details are scarce and almost impossible to verify, but if Google's translation of French websites are believable, the image above is a rendering of what the resurrected Facel could show off at this September's Paris Motor Show and we might even see a production version in 2014. But rumors written in French translated by Google are not exactly credible. The images all appear to come from a constantly updated Facebook page called "Facel Vega Concept."

Swoopy fenders, and a slick greenhouse wrap the four-seater concept in a sports car disguise. The interior sketches show minimal seating that seem more suited to racing than relaxing.

Speaking of performance, there's no mention of what would power such a car, but it sure is fun imagining that car barking with the power of Dodge's 392-cubic inch, 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi. Sinister sexiness.


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      Vincent Teron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, at first glance I thought it said "Fecal" Vega and was thinking, "Yeah, they got THAT right!" My dad owned a Chevy Vega back in the 70's and it was the biggest pile of ... well, it was a Fecal Vega.
      brenden
      • 2 Years Ago
      already needs a Facel-ift :o
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      "You may never have heard of the French carmaker Facel. " And it's probably because at first glace it appears to say 'Fecal' (i.e. poo poo) not I EAT, "i.e." lol
      PheelACCD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Judging by the sketches, probably the work of a design student...
      tipdrip215
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uh oh, the Vega is coming back! Oh wait, it's the Facel, not the Chevy.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Antonio K. Piech
      • 2 Years Ago
      Facel build bodies for ford and Simca also the wood inside the dash was painted pretty amazing design but don't like this one at all
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Chrysler-powered early cars (the FV and the HK500) were great cars. The four-cylinder Facellia? Not so much.
      MrWhopee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the return of a wraparound "dogleg" windshield. But does it have to have that vestigial pillar in front of the A pillar? Surely today's glass technology could accomodate that design without the sub-A pillar, after all they managed that 60 years ago.
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MrWhopee
        I don't think, you can get this stable enough – esp. if they plan a convertible.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are worse cars to reprise, but I'm not sure this rendering does the Facel lore any favors. They were elegantly brutal road cars, the type whose owners take off for Monte Carlo in the middle of the night from Paris with a picnic basket filled with champagne and truffles, lol. And they're there by lunchtime. Facel also made a luxury 4 door based on the Imperial chassis called the Excellence. I used its suicide doors, name and overall "fee" for a Bentley one-off rendering: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_szY6czURhx0/TLhq7vIr78I/AAAAAAAAC2k/3ipvLIzBSPo/s1600/EXCELLENCEsaloonRUBY.jpg
      Everthing_Car
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aw that sleek and stylish blue beauty ... any price assumption?
      sheepszies
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can help you out with the French if you like.
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