There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of defunct French automaker Facel Vega. We hadn’t. But during its brief time in the sun (1954 to 1964), the short-lived car marque produced some stunning automobiles, including this Hemi-powered FV4 Typhoon, which will be up for auction at Mecum’s Los Angeles event from February 16th through the 17th.
This Facel Vega FV4 Typhoon is just one of 36 produced with a dual-quad 354 Hemi V8, says Mecum – the same engine that Chrysler used in the 300B in 1956. That engine is a real looker, with gold-painted carb hats and matching valve covers stamped with the words “Chrysler FirePower”. The exterior is coated in a hue dubbed “Egg Plant,” which looks more appetizing than it sounds, and inside, it’s all tan leather, tan carpeting, and big slabs of stained wood on the dash.
We’ll be interested to see how this handsome French car performs at Mecum’s Los Angeles event, as the more popular cars at auction tend to come from brands that still have a lot of cachet: Ferrari, Porsche, Shelby, and others. But who’s ever heard of Facel Vega?
On the other hand, it could fetch a decent price for its good looks and its 354 FirePower alone. Everyone loves a good Hemi.
For more photos and info, check out the lot description on Mecum.com.