Hall of Very Good Cars: Also Kicked Out Of An Ultimate Garage

First, I thank everyone who has been reading the blog lately. Both the last four days (Thursday-Sunday) and the last WordPress week (Monday-Sunday) had more views and visitors for any such time frames since February.

I guess I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but I am hard pressed to ascertain the reason(s) for the dramatic increase. (For example, views for the last week were 34% higher than the average of the previous four.) I suppose I should just be grateful, but that’s not in my nature.

Having a failure of our second floor HVAC system in the middle of an Arizona summer doesn’t help my mood, I guess. We had the entire system–AC unit, furnace, blower motor, coil–replaced last year. If it hadn’t been for the third strong thunderstorm in four days, I might not have been able to get any sleep at all, as opposed to the four hours of poor quality sleep I did manage. A relevant photo:



Not too long after I took this picture, the mountain disappeared in the rain. I wish I had a rain gauge because micro-climatic variations in this area are such that rainfall amounts for surrounding locations are not much of a guide as to how much rain we received at our house.


In light of the strong number of views and visitors for days in which the posts had little, if any, automotive content I am reluctant to write about cars today. Here goes…

This picture from this post reminded me of another car that once occupied a spot in one of my Ultimate Garages, but was not included in Ultimate Garage 3.0 last July.



The Facel Vega was a hybrid in the original meaning of the word in an automotive context. The chassis was designed by British race driver Lance Macklin, Facel owner and founder Jean Daninos (Facel was a French company) designed the body and the car had an American drivetrain: a Chrysler V-8 engine (a hemi from 1954 to 1958) and, usually, a Torqueflite automatic transmission. The car had three iterations: the Vega, the HK 500 and the Facel II.

Despite famous people like Tony Curtis and Ringo Starr owning a Facel Vega, the cars didn’t sell well enough to keep Facel afloat. The last Facel Vega was manufactured in September, 1964 and the company was liquidated in 1965.

I grant that the exterior design is, perhaps, a bit dated. However, I am still very much a fan of the Facel Vega. Just one is shown with a listed price (as opposed to “Inquire”) in Hemmings ads this morning; the asking price is $197,500.


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4 thoughts on “Hall of Very Good Cars: Also Kicked Out Of An Ultimate Garage

  1. I was unfamiliar with this beautiful automobile.
    That moody, cloudy sky with the mountain in the shadow makes the sunlit foreground all the more striking. Nice image, my friend!


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