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Classic Cars

Bonhams Auctioning Ringo Starr's Facel Vega Facel II

It is one of only two cars of its type made

 
 
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Starr owned the car for four years

It seems even cars attached to the Beatles sell well. John Lennon’s Ferrari 330GT330 GT 2+2Ferrari 330 GT 2+2Italy, 1963 > 196519 photos
sold for $540,000 in July, nearly double its estimated sale price prior to the auction. On December 1, Bonham’s will sell Ringo Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega Facel IIFacel Vega Facel IIFrance, 1962 > present at its London sale. The car is expected to fetch £300,000 - £350,000 (€355,533.49 - €414,789.07 or $482,431.58 - $562,836.84).

Starr bought the car new in 1964 off the stand at the Earls Court Motor Show, and it was delivered to him in Surrey, England. He kept the car for four years before selling it.

"This car has to be one of the rarest and most collectable modern classic cars given its almost unique engineering and its place as part of pop music history,” said Sholto Gilbertson, a director in Bonhams’ Collectors Car department.

His car is one of only two 6.7-liter, manual transmission, right-hand drive models made and was the very last right-hand drive Facel II made.

At the time, the Facel Vega marketed the car as the world’s fastest four-seater with its French body and 390hp ChryslerChryslerChryslerUnited States of America, 1925 > present70 models
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6.7-liter V8 engine with a four-speed manual transmission. Facel VegaFacel VegaFacel VegaFrance, 1954 > 19646 models
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launched the Facel II in 1961 as its final model, and early models came with a 6.3-liter V8.

In its decade of existence from 1954 to 1964, Facel Vega made about 2,900 cars and among them were 182 Facel II cars. They were priced on par with a Rolls-RoyceRolls-RoyceRolls-RoyceUnited Kingdom, 1904 > present31 models
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but with much higher performance with their Chrysler engines.

John Lennon's First Car, a Ferrari 330GT, Sells for $540,000 at Auction

Source: Autoblog

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Facel VegaFacel Vega
Facel IIFacel II
Engine
V 8
Displacement
384 cu in
Top Speed
149 mph
Transmission
4, Manual
Maximum power
395 hp @ 5400 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
--
price
--
annual ownership cost
$ 1.042

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