The Facel II commanded a price tag in the same league as Rolls-Royce, making it a choice for the wealthy and prominent individuals seeking a truly exclusive and distinctive automobile. Its list of distinguished owners included royalty, politicians, diplomats, and entertainers, with notable names like Tony Curtis, Danny Kaye, Ringo Starr, Joan Fontaine, and Ava Gardner gracing the roster. Beyond its undeniable style, the Facel II demonstrated its high-performance credentials by finding favor among motor racing legends such as Sir Stirling Moss, Maurice Trintignant, and Rob Walker.
Debuting in 1961, the Facel II marked the culmination of the V8-engined models, as production ceased in 1964 due to the company’s financial struggles stemming from an ill-fated venture into engine manufacturing. The earlier HK500 had seen limited production, with just around 500 units crafted between 1958 and 1961, and the Facel II saw even fewer examples, with a mere 182 units built. These exceedingly rare Franco-American classics are now highly coveted by collectors and enthusiasts.