FACEL-VEGA Excellence


The Excellence “type EX” was produced in late-1958, the “type EX1” from late 1958 through 1961, and the “type EX2” from 1961 through 1964. Shown at the 1956 Paris Auto Show as a concept, production followed strong interest. The design was a 4-door hardtop sedan wider, taller, and longer than the HK500, with center-opening doors with no center pillar, formal roofline, and tail fins. While elegant, the Excellence offered similar performance as the HK500, with a top speed of 140 mph., making it the world’s fastest 4-door. The six available Chrysler engines included:

  • 300B Hemi 354 V8 (340 h.p.)
  • 300C Hemi 392 V8 (375 h.p.)
  • Wedge 361 V8 with 1 carburetor (305 h.p.)
  • Wedge 361 V8 with 2 carburetors (310 h.p.)
  • Wedge 383 V8 with 1 carburetor (325 h.p.)
  • Wedge 383 V8 with 2 carburetors (330 h.p.)

Transmissions available included a Chrysler Torqueflite 3-speed automatic or a Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed manual. 4-wheel disc brakes providing improved braking became optional in 1960 and standard for the EX2 series. Optional air conditioning was often fitted, greatly improving comfort in warm weather. The sales price was $12,800 and the estimated number produced is:

  • Type EX       11
  • Type EX1   134
  • Type EX2       8
  • TOTAL       153*

*About 60 sold new in the USA.