More than most cars of their era, Facel Vegas immediately paint a picture of the people who drive them. Facel Vegas were hugely expensive when they were new and relatively obscure compared with their German and English rivals.
As such, they had a customer base that was both wealthy yet adventurous enough to take a chance on a Franco-American brand with far less history than its competitors.
Predictably, Facel Vegas attracted an unusually large number of famous owners seeking to distinguish themselves from the more cliched luxury car purchases of the time.
Among those owners were Pablo Picasso, Christian Dior, Joan Collins, Ringo Starr, Joan Fontaine, Stirling Moss, Fred Astaire, Robert Wagner and Frank Sinatra.
Today, as classic cars, Facel Vegas are still expensive due to their rarity and the cost of restoring them.
Thankfully, the flamboyance factor of these cars hasn't faded much either and, occasionally, you still find that they're owned by such gentle and worldly folk as the owner of this one, Jan de Tastes.
She's had hers for more than 30 years. She bought it in Hawaii, speaks French and dresses like she's on her way to Monaco's Casino Royale.
Ms de Tastes' Facel Vega is a particularly rare 1957 FVS (Facel Vega Sport) model, which is the only one in Australia.
According to Perth Facel Vega expert Paul Blank, there are 13 Facel Vegas in Australia, six of which are in WA.
At 5.4 litres, the Chrysler V8 in the FVS was slightly smaller than that in the later and better known HK500, but by most other measures was still a big powerplant. It was fed by a Carter four-barrel carburettor and churned out 186kW.
Ms de Tastes bought the car in the US island state during the early 1980s and brought it with her when she moved to Australia.
Now, after three decades of ownership, Ms de Tastes is planning to sell her rare and beloved Facel Vega.
"I'm going back to live in Hawaii and I'll take it back with me if I can't sell it here," she said.
"But you don't drive much there, so I'll sell it here if I can."
Increasing the interest it may generate is that the car has had a major mechanical overhaul, but its bodywork and interior is in need of attention.
The mechanical overhaul was carried out by Perth Chrysler identity Alasdair Campbell. He said much of the work done on the drivetrain involved putting right some poorly executed work that had previously been carried out.
Now though, Mr Campbell said the drivetrain is in excellent shape and the car can chirp its rear tyres going into second gear under brisk acceleration.
The car's cosmetic condition is where the next considerable investment will be needed.
Ms de Tastes said there are two parallel cracks in the windscreen on the passenger side and there's some corrosion in the body that needs tending to. She said there are also some electrical issues with indicators and the driver's side electric window.
Ms de Tastes also said classic car auction specialist Shannons sold a restored Facel Vega (an HK500) for $150,000 in 2012.
However, her car is not yet fully restored, with much still to be spent to do the job properly.
Alternatively, fixing the minor electrical issues and the interior, but leaving the bodywork would get you a very unusual and fascinatingly patinated old car.Ms de Tastes is asking around $80,000 and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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