The marriage of V8 American engines built into European chassis and styling is nothing new. Iso and Bizzarini, AC Cobra, Jensen and so on. The Facel compnay (Forges et Ateliersde Construction d'Eure et de loire SA) had been building bodies for Simca, Ford and Panhard and in 1954 Jean Daninos decided to make his own cars. These were to be high quality sturdy 2+2 Grand Tourers with terrific performance. Initial DeSoto engines gave way to Chrysler, and as Chrysler developed their engines so Daninos offerings grew in output from 180bhp in 1954 to 6 litre 360bhp by 1958 which is what was in their best selling HK500 that was in production until 1962, Then it was replaced with the 6.3 litre 390bhp Facel 2 which was produced until the company stopped in 1964. Meanwhile work had been going on with the smaller pretty Facel with French built 1600cc 4 cylinder twin cam offered in the Facellia. There was a demand for a smaller Facel and between 1960 to 1962 some 1200 Facelias were sold. But some dissatisfaction with the engine led to fitting the 1780cc Volvo engine in the Facel 3 in 1963, later replaced with the 3 litre "Healey" engine in the Facel 6. These engines eliminated the teething problems but it was too late and Daninos closed the company in 1964.