Barn Find 1962 Facel Vega Fetches $209,509

Franco-American classic literally found in a Minnesota barn.

The rare Facel (Forges et Ateliers de Construction d’Eure etde Loire S.A.) Vega was the ultimate status symbol in the 1960s, with Rolls-Royce-rivallingprice tags and a list of celebrity owners including world-leaders, entertainersand diplomats. The joint French-American project led to the production of just2,900 cars before the company went bust. This 1962 example was equipped with a6.3-liter Chrysler V8 making 355 horsepower and mated to a TorqueFliteautomatic transmission.

The car was discovered in a Minnesota barn and was sold byBonhams Auctions in Paris last month. While the listing did not offer anydetails regarding its absentee owner or the reason for its abandonment, theauctioneers claimed the interior was largely intact and mechanics were all inorder. The Facel's value was estimated to be between $111,000 and $194,000, but it ended upfetching $209,509 at auction.

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