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FACEL VEGA

FACEL VEGA

From our reader Cesar Rodes --- "The Facel Vega was designed to be a luxury grand tourer and was made from 1954 through 1964. They used Chrysler V8s exclusively, because there was no modern high performance French engine available. Regardless of where the car was sold, it was designed for the Chrysler V8. Most of them where sold in the US, as the cost of operating one in Europe was expensive (due to gas prices). This is the same concept as the Dual Ghia and the Jensen Interceptor, a European GT with American V8 power. In 1959, Facel built a smaller sports car called the Facellia, for which they designed and built their own engine (a 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder). Unfortunately they tended to blow up. The warranty claims and bad press from this engine eventually led to that car's demise."

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