|Founded||Facel SA 1939|
Facel S.A. was a
Unitary bodies without a chassis became general for mass-produced cars and Facel lost their big customers. French niche manufacturers ended production. Métallon left the partnership in 1953. Facel set about designing and making their own complete cars using engines made by Chrysler, Volvo and Austin. Their first design named
Though initially successful Facel closed its factory in October, 1964. Their Facellia model, introduced in 1959, was under-developed and losses brought about by its warranty problems became impossible to recoup. Prior to closure Facel had been placed under the control of
Facel, Forges et Ateliers de Constructions d'Eure-et-Loir, was founded 20 December 1939 by Bronzavia, a French manufacturer of military aircraft to make special components.
Daninos put Facel to the manufacture of short-run and special complete finished bodies for the major French brands. In conjunction with
l'Aluminium Français Facel designed the all-aluminium alloy
A luxury car division was established in 1948. It made various models of
During the same period Facel-Metallon pressed out body panels for: Delahaye's army jeeps (painted and upholstered) ; Simca, Delahaye and Somua's trucks (painted and upholstered); scooters by Vespa, Piaggio and Motobécane; tractors by Massey-Ferguson and stainless-steel bumpers, hubcaps and grilles for Simca and Ford and for Renault.
In conjunction with Hispano-Suiza Facel-Metallon and Facel also turned out for Rolls-Royce combustion chambers in special metals for their jet engines.