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French Friday!

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As long as no final official theme-days have been announced (or did I miss it?) I'll just continue with them crazy French. Last week I showed you the car developed for French farmers, today I'll move somewhat upmarket.

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That's right, a Facel Vega. It says 'Facel Vega 2 - 1962' on the bottom of the car but I would say it's a Facellia as that's what I recognize it to be (and I suppose that's the only convertible Facel Vega ever built).

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It was supposed to be a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL and unlike the bigger Facel Vegas stopped using big Chrysler engines. The Facellia had a 4-cylinder 1.6 L DOHC engine built in France by the Pont-à-Mousson company which led to extreme warranty claims and even got Facel Vega in financial problems. The Facel Vega III which superseded the Facellia was mounted with a reliable Volvo B18 but the damage was done: in 1964 the factory closed it's doors.

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Facel Vegas were quite popular with the rich and famous. Prominent owners of Facel Vegas (mainly Facel IIs) included Pablo Picasso, Joan Collins, Ringo Starr, Stirling Moss, Tony Curtis, and Frank Sinatra to name a few.

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The 1:43 model it self is from French brand Solido. It comes in a blister package and has a small box delivered with it as well (the blisterpackage won't fit in that). For transportation purposes I suppose.

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I'm not sure what to say about the quality when the name on the bottom is quite obviously not the correct one. The details of the rear-bumper are pretty good, bumper guards seem to be in the right place, the doors won't open, it's proportions are good (assuming it's a Facellia). But hey, Solido's aren't the most expensive brand so I'll forgive 'm.

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Now all I have to do is to look for a model of a big Facel Vega HK500 because that one my French collection clearly is lacking!

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