Facel Vega II formerly owned by Ringo Starr goes to auction
One of only two Facel Vega II’s produced with a 6.7-litre V8 engine and a manual gearbox, Starr purchased the 1964 car directly from the company’s stand at the Earls Court Motor Show. The vehicle is the very last of the 26 right-hand drive Facel II’s that were produced and came with a price tag of £5,570.
Starr owned the car for four years and of why he eventually sold it, he told the Evening Standard in 1968:
“I like the security of marriage and the family. In fact, I’m thinking of selling my Facel Vega and getting an ordinary family saloon, something like a Mercedes”.
Once “the fastest four seater coupé in the world”, Starr’s car – registration EPH 4B, chassis HK2 B160 – was restored by Orchard View Classics and benefits from a full bare metal respray. It was last sold in 2012 and according to Bonhams is “insured for £500,000”. The car will be auctioned at Bonhams in New Bond Street on Sunday 1st December and a guide of £300,000 to £350,000 has been set.
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