Other Cars The Facel Vega: As many of the big names of French luxury faded, Jean Daninos made his move. After the war, freed from Nazi control, Facel built civilian items such as airplane turbine parts, scooter chassis, kitchen cabinets, and office furniture. In , Daninos launched the Facel Vega, named after one of the brightest stars in the night sky. Seats were comfortable and well upholstered; drivers got a full set of gauges and intelligent controls.
Most cars were two-door hardtops with no centre pillar, but a few convertibles were built. In the same year production began of a four-door model, the Excellence, with rear-hinged doors suicide doors at the back and no centre pillar. The pillarless design unfortunately made it less rigid and the handling was thus poorer than that of the two-door cars, and surviving examples are rare. The final evolution of the V8 models came in with the Facel Vega II , which was lighter, with sleeker, more modern lines, substantially faster still, and famously elegant.