InterClassics Maastricht is preparing an ode to Facel Vega

MAASTRICHT, 22 December 2016 – In partnership with Amicale Facel Holland and Classic Job, InterClassics Maastricht is preparing an ode to the unique auto marque of Facel Vega. Facel was a French car maker and was headed by Jean Daninos. The first Facel was introduced in 1954 at the Paris Auto Show. Today, Facel Vega's are much cherished by car enthusiasts all around the world. In the theme pavilion, ten unique cars will be on display. InterClassics Maastricht will take place from 12 to 15 January 2017 at MECC Maastricht.

History of Facel Vega 
Before World War II, there were plenty of famous French car builders who created a sensation with expensive and fast cars, such as Bugatti, Delahaye, Delage and Talbot-Lago. As a result of the German occupation, the cost of materials, insufficient size of the market and high taxes on powerful luxury cars, production of luxury cars in France came to an end. In 1953, Jean Daninos decided to start producing cars. He made his first prototype in 1954, marking the beginning of Facel Vega. Facel Vega lasted only ten years, but in those years some of the world's most beautiful cars left the factory located just outside Paris.

Facel Vega HK 500 
Director of InterClassics, Erik Panis: "In partnership with Amicale Facel Holland and Classic Job, we are able to display ten unique specimens. Including the Facel Vega HK 500, which Jean Daninos regarded as the best Facel ever built. The impressive coupé could easily manage 240 km/h, making it the fastest production car in the world for a long time.  And the Facel 6 ‒ the last Facel model to feature a 6-cylinder Austin Healey engine ‒ will also be on display. Only 40 of these were ever, including eight cabriolets. The show car is one of the five surviving models. The FV1 which will also be on display represents the first Facel production of 1955, and is one of the just ten surviving models. 

InterClassics Maastricht will take place from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 January 2017 at MECC Maastricht. The classic car show traditionally attracts many buyers and car lovers. Central themes this year are 'the 70-year history of Ferrari' and 'Facel Vega, luxurious grandes routières. Discounted entry tickets can be bought online. Children up to 12 years old go free. www.interclassicsmaastricht.nl