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Facel Vega automobiles always represented founder Jean Daninos’ commitment to luxury grand touring coach-built automobiles in the tradition of the pre-war French ‘Grande Routière’ exemplified by Bugatti, Delage and Delahaye among others. In addition to the bold styling, Daninos took his hand-built automobiles a step further than any other post-war European automobile builder and fitted the cars with the most-powerful Chrysler V-8s available at the time. The master’s first automobile creation, the aptly named Vega, rolled out into public view for the first time at the Paris Salon in 1954. Over the next 10 years, the range progressed in terms of performance and appointments. The exclusive styling and prestigious aura immediately appealed to nobility as well as other notable personalities; the star studded list of owners is a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of celebrities that included the Shah of Iran, a King, ambassadors, princes, presidents, and stars of stage and screen, some of whom owned more than one! To complete the sporting image, great racing figures of the time such as Rob Walker, Maurice Trintignant and Stirling Moss drove used Facel Vegas and later models to cover the distances between the racing circuits of Europe. A special feature at Russo & Steele’s 10th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction is this 1957 Facel Vega FV4. This particular example found its way to central California. The car was purchased out of Moss Landing area in 1986 and resided in the San Jose area until purchased in its original condition by its current owner in 2004, brought to Chicago, fully dismantled with the body removed from its chassis and subjected to a comprehensive professional rotisserie restoration by WGM Automotive Restorations of Chicago. Introduced in 1957, the FV4 was produced in extremely limited numbers and were originally equipped at the factory with the hi-performance Chrysler Hemi engine from the 1956 Chrysler 300B that featured 2-4 barrel carburetors, solid lifter cam,and dual point ignition. Factory records indicate that a total of only 36 of these hardtop coupes were produced with this 354ci/345hp powerplant. Built only between May and October of that year, the Facel Vega registry entry on this particular example indicates that this car saw completion on the 27th of June, 1957 and was originally equipped with standard power windows and power brakes as well as options such as a wood-grained instrument panel, Robergel wire wheels, alfin brake drums, a full leather interior, power steering, automatic transmission and green-tinted glass.