Facel (Forges et Ateliers de Construction company in Eure et Loire) was a subsidiary of Bronzavia who made aircraft parts, and on returning from war service in America Jean Daninos gained control of FACEL in 1945. Facel is then merged with Skar and Metallon to become Facel-Metallon. With a specialism in aluminium and other metals, Daninos gets the contract to build 45,000 Panhard Dyna X84 bodies. He also builds the Simca 8 Sport bodies and the Ford Comet. Daninos commissioned Pininfarina to design a Bentley MkVI Cresta Coupe which around one dozen are sold from 1948. His project for the Bentley Cresta , along with his manufacture of the Simca 8 Sport had Simca ask Daninos to create a luxury coupe based on the V8-engined Ford Vedette, to be called the Ford Comet. Designed by Farina and built by Facel-Metallon it went into production in 1952. Facel-Metallon were commencing production of the Simca Oceane and Plein Ciel. In 1954, with confidence gained from the Bentley Cresta and the Ford Vedette Coupe, Jean Daninos launches the first Facel Vega with a Chrysler V8 engine. However, Daninos isn't actually making profits on Facel Vega cars, and when he tries to go for quantity production of the smaller Facellia the troublesome car ruins the company with its warranty costs and Facel Vega is gone by 1965
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Facel-Vega Facel II - badge
Facel Vega Facel II (FV2)
Facel Vega Facel III
Facel Vega Facellia
Facel Vega Facel HK500
Bentley Mk VI 1948 Cresta
Bentley Mk VI 1948 Cresta. Commissioned by Frenchman Jean Daninos, and designed by Pininfarina, the Cresta was exhibited at the 1948 Paris Salon and the 1949 Geneva Salon. Around 17 orders were built by Facel-Metallon which is inspired by this project and goes onto found Facel Vega
Simca 8 Sport front
Simca 8 Sport. The Simca 8 shared its chassis with the Fiat, so it was easy to create the Simca 8 Sport. Simca did not have capacity to build an aluminium sports car and thus commissioned Facel Metallon to produce both cabriolet and coupe versions beginning in 1950.
Simca Aronde 90A Sport Oceane front
Simca Aronde 90A Sport Oceane. The Oceane was a sporting version of the Aronde 90A sold as a cabriolet somewhat resembling a Ford Thunderbird. It was also sold as the 'Plein Ciel' which was a fixed head coupe. Both were built by Facel-Metallon for Simca.