This 1962 Facel Vega Facellia F2 Sport Coupé is on Craigslist with an asking price of $21,000. It’s in Napa County in California wine country. As if a person needed another reason to visit that beautiful area.
For a car that Hagerty lists as having a value of $21,000 in #4 “fair” condition, the $21,000 asking price here seems.. like not as good of a deal as I originally thought it was. When they say that a #1 “concours” car is valued at $46,900, and there would be probably well over that much, or maybe twice or more that amount of money to put in to this car to get it to that condition, you can see the problem. Ok, back to earth, Scotty G! And, for such a rare and desirable car to have been saddled with these photos that look like they were taken with that cardboard camera that you made in 4th grade to look at the sun with, that’s just a crying shame. This is one gorgeous car, though, and I may get in touch with this seller anyway.
Yep, this thing is drop-dead gorgeous, or I think it is, and the body is in almost perfect condition, sans the paint. The seller says that it’s an original car with a clean title and there is no rust! The Facellia was made to compete with smaller cars such as the Mercedes-Benz 190SL and they came in a convertible, a four-seat coupé, and a 2+2 coupé. They were made by Paris-based Facel Vega and they had a 1.6L double-overhead-cam, four-cylinder with 125 hp, and it should look like this. The company wanted an all-French car so they didn’t use an American engine like the bigger Facel Vegas used, but instead used engines made by Pont-à-Mousson company. The problem is that there were only two bearings supporting each camshaft instead of four or five and, as you can imagine, problems were overwhelming, so much so that the company declared the engine a total failure and engines were replaced by a Volvo B18 engine! It was the final nail in the coffin for this company and they closed their doors in 1964. I’m not sure which engine is in this car, the French version or the Swedish version, and there are no photos of it, unfortunately.
Ok, so here’s where things don’t look so hot, but the seller says that this car has a “nice interior”. I wouldn’t say that it’s “nice“, but I’ve seen much worse. That’s a 4-speed which would help with the relatively small amount of power for a 2,400-pound car. Again, there are no engine photos so an interested person would have to call to have a couple of camera phone pics sent, if the seller would be so kind to do that. I think this car would be great fun to own. It’s priced at the top of the game and then add probably $1,000 to $2,000 or more for shipping to most areas of the country east of the Mountain Time Zone line. I would just drive it as it is and maybe fix up the interior as you go along and maintain everything else. The wacky Smurf blue color/colour doesn’t thrill me too much, but I’d leave the body and paint as it is. There’s something cool about a somewhat ratty exotic car that gets to me. Would you fix this one up or is it already priced way above what makes sense?