The 1957-1964 Facel Vega Excellence was a long-wheelbase four-door hardtop derivative of the FV-series coupe, with standard automatic transmission and Chrysler V-8 power. Styling was an interesting blend of then-current Detroit and European themes, including the formal Facel "face," wraparound windshield, and rear-hinged back doors.

1959 Facel Vega Excellence, part of the 1957-1964 Facel FV Series of collectible cars.
1959 Facel Vega Excellence.  See more pictures of Vega cars.

A very heavy car both in appearance and on the scale, the Excellence engine displacement and output were generally the same as for other Facel models of the period. The Facel Vega Excellence was yet another very low-production, almost limousine-type model intended more as a car of state than a private owner-driver vehicle.

Pluses of the 1957-1964 Facel Vega Excellence:

  • Greater rarity than 1954-1964 Facel Vega FVS
  • Unique body style
  • Individual French styling
  • Performance
  • Reliable Detroit engines
  • Low-production appeal

Minuses of the 1957-1964 Facel Vega Excellence:

  • Heavy and thirsty
  • Few parts available now
  • Drum brakes
  • Trouble-prone bodywork
  • Only modest appreciation

Production of the 1957-1964 Facel Vega Excellence:
156

Specifications of the 1957-1964 Facel Vega Excellence:
Wheelbase, inches: 125.0
Length, inches:
207.0
Weight, pounds: 4,315
Price, new: N/A

Engines for the 1957-1964 Facel Vega Excellence:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
5,407 cc 330 cid
250
1957
ohv V-85,801 cc 354 cid
325
1958-1959
ohv V-86,276 cc 383 cid
360
1959-1964

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