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Facel Vega Facel 2

The most well-known Facel, the HK500 was radically redesigned in 1961 as the Facel II. A blue example was originally delivered to Rob Walker, racing driver and team owner for whom Stirling Moss raced. He specified the car with a short rear-axle ratio, and steel disc wheels, possibly influenced by another of his drivers, Maurice Trintignant, who broke 17 spokes on another of his cars, a wire-wheeled HK500, during only one lap of the Nurburgring! Rob Walker kept the car for four years, selling it in 1966 - but retaining his famed ROB 2 registration.

  

 

Wheelbase 2660 mm 104.7 in  
Track front 1420 mm 55.9 in  
rear 1422 mm 56 in  
Length 4750 mm 187 in  
Width 1760 mm 69.3 in  
Height 1280 mm 50.4 in  
Ground clearance 180 mm 7.1 in  
Kerb weight 1650 kg 3638 lb  
Fuel capacity 100
litres
22
UK Gal
26.4
US Gal
engine
Manufacturer Chrysler
Type V-8
OHV
16 valves total
2 valves per cylinder
Main bearings 5
Bore stroke 107.95mm 85.85mm
4.25 in 3.38 in
Bore/Stroke ratio 1.26
Displacement 6286 cc
(383.595 cu in)
Unitary capacity 785.75 cc/cylinder
Compression ratio 10.00:1
Fuel system 2 Ca carbs
Aspiration Normal
Max. output
(SAE)
395.4 PS (390.0 bhp) (290.8 kW)
@5400 rpm
Coolant Water
Specific output 62 bhp/litre
1.02 bhp/cu in
0-60mph 8.30s
0-100mph 18.00s
0-Quarter-mile 16.50s 
Top speed 240 km/h
Power-to-weight 236.36 bhp/ton
chassis
Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Steering cam & roller
Turning circle 10.40 m
Suspension Front I.CS.
Rear LA.SE.
Brakes F/R Di/Di-S
Brake ∅ F/R / mm
Transmission 4M
Drive RWD
Top gear ratio 1.00
Final drive ratio 2.93