Facel Vega was founded in l954 by Jean Daninos, the owner of Facel Metalon, a well-known aluminum furniture and automobile body manufacturer. Daninos wanted to revive the French luxury car industry as all the French luxury car companies, such as Delage and Delahaye, had disappeared after WWII. Facel Vega used a Chrysler V8 engine, and was notorious for its free-flowing, elegant styling. Daninos took advantage of being a furniture maker and made gorgeous interiors replete with wood panels and leather. Facel was well known for cars that European celebrities such as Albert Camus and Stirling Moss loved to drive. The Facel II is the last luxurious coupe manufactured by Facel Vega, France's only postwar luxury car manufacturer. Its slick, elegant bodylines are a fit finale for the short-lived Facel Vega company.