The Facel Vega HK500 was the brainchild of Jean Daninos, a designer for Simca, Ford and Panhard. Turns out that the naughty boy wanted to design and own his own high-performance car, rather than just design everybody else’s. Good for him, and thanks to his vision, we have the Facel Vega HK500, a low, muscular car with the strength to back up its looks!
A darling of movie stars, celebrities and race car drivers (this was before the gas crisis and that awful “global warming” and Prius-related nonsense), the HK500 was powered by a 6.3-liter Chrysler V8 good for 360 horsepower, and that would propel this beautifully-shaped hunk of steel at speeds up to 130 mph, and help it accelerate to 60 mph in as little as 8.4 seconds. Those were excellent numbers for a passenger car of that time, by the way.
That’s not where the technological goodies ended, either: the Facel Vega HK500 came standard with disc brakes, and with an available four-speed automatic transmission (a four-speed manual was standard). The weight distribution of the car and its suspension (despite being independent) didn’t make the car a breeze to handle, but it was fast, it looked awesome, so what more do you want?