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Facel Vega HK 500 (1958 - 1961)

Technically the HK 500 was very similar to its predecessors. The 5.4 litre Typhoon V8 engine found in the FV4 models was replaced by a 6.2 litre engine. With over 350 bhp on the tap, the HK 500 was one of the fastest cars of its day. This meant that sufficient braking-power was required, so the drums used on previous models were replaced by Dunlop discs. Both a Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed manual or a Chrysler 3-speed automatic gearbox were available. To help manoeuvre the HK 500 around town power steering was available as an option. On the outside the HK 500 could be distinguished only by its slightly wider body compared to the FV bodies.

In 1962 the HK 500 was phased out and replaced by the Facel 2. Again the Facel 2 carried over a lot from its predecessors, but for the first time the exterior of the big Facel Vega was redesigned.

Wheelbase 2670 mm 105.1 in  
Track front 1410 mm 55.5 in  
rear 1461 mm 57.5 in  
Length 4600 mm 181.1 in  
Width 1803 mm 71 in  
Height 1359 mm 53.5 in  
Kerb weight 1830 kg 4034 lb  
Manufacturer Chrysler
Type V-8
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 365 PS (360.0 bhp) (268.5 kW)
@5200 rpm
Max. torque 542.0 Nm (400 lbft) (55.3 kgm)
@3600 rpm
Coolant Water
Specific output 57.3 bhp/litre
0.94 bhp/cu in
Specific torque 86.22 Nm/litre
0-50mph (80 km/h) 6.80s
0-60mph 8.40s
0-Quarter-mile 16.30s 
Top speed 225 km/h
Power-to-weight 196.72 bhp/ton
Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Suspension Front I.CS.
Rear LA.SE.
Transmission 3A
Drive RWD
Top gear ratio 1.00
Final drive ratio 3.31