One of the most handsome cars ever made in roughly 1:12 scale.
About this creation
This model is a representation of one of my favourite cars. Made between 1962-4, the Facel Vega Facel II (to give it it's full title) succeeded the HK500 and only 182 were made before the company went bust. This was the last of the great French GT cars.
Oh my god, it's beautiful !
This version is a little blockier but I did my best...
In here there should be a Chrysler 'Typhoon' V8 with 320 horsepower. I've filled the space with a compact and effective double wishbone suspension / working steering assembly.
The rear suspension is by a live axle (maybe it's dead in this case since it's not connected to anything..) using the old sliding toggles/elastic band trick for the struts. This helps a lot to fine-tune ride height, wheel travel and stiffness.
Side view. Slim pillars, low sides and flowing wheelarches.
Difficult to do justice to this car's fantastic dashboard in Lego.. those six round black plates are auxiliary dials. There should be two larger ones either side of the steering wheel, the whole lot set in a very convincing lacquer effect that was in fact painted on...
Interior with the roof off. This was a 2+2 coupe with folding armrests built into the front seat backs, which met in the middle over the centre tunnel. The seats here have these and slide back and forth and recline.
Four discreet exhaust outlets under the rear bumper, indicators in the wings and stop lamps either side of the number plate.
With many thanks to Bonald 1101 for daring me to build it !
Quoting Glen Little
I kissed one of these at the essen technoclassica. Very reluctant to wash my mouth afterwards. Frog style, yank power, and class harking back to when coachbuilders actually built coaches.
I believe if I ever saw one of these in the metal I would kiss it too. Thanks Glen.
That's what i'm talking about! This is very similar to the SL i want to build, i might have to learn a little from this fine creation. It's going to have to wait a little while though, I'm going for a Gold medal in the Olympics lol
So good to see that "visible studs builder" are not an extinct specie ! Myself I'm a studless builder, but I really appreciate old-school build too. Especially when they're awesome like this one ! Excellent subject obviously... Too bad there's no cars like that in france anymore... Unless someone put a Chrysler V8 in a 407 Coupé maybe ^^
Very well done !
As I mentioned with the 2CV a while back, I love the way you still use all the old parts and building methods; it looks really good !
I thought it would be too hard to attempt putting working, suspension into my two cars if this scale; yet you've managed perfectly (I guess I had a show engine in the way though)
Very nice car, I've always thought they were like the french version of the classic mercedes, some models being a bit aston-ish too.
Great build :)
Such a beautiful model of a beautiful old car! This is another one of those cars I don't know a whole lot about, but from what I can see, your LEGO model is very accurate to the real thing. I think it's sad when a pretty car like the Vega doesn't stay around for very long. :(
I like it
June 1, 2010
Awesome ! Studfull has lot of charm ! If you like studfull construction, maybe you will like my Plymouth Cuda ? Good building.
Oh yes! One of my favourite cars ever and you've made it beautifully! This would look more 'real' if it used the modern smooth bricks but I *much* prefer it this way - it looks like it's made from LEGO and that's the most important aspect of a MOC for me. Super job, love it! 10/10