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1967 Ford Shelby GT40 MK IV #1
FORD GT40 MK IV model by Michele Conti
This very rare 1:11 scale model by Michele Conti represents one of the most legendary annals of all sports car racing (see Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A. J. Baime, 2009 ). The Ford GT40 is the most expensive American car ever sold at auction. From 1966 through 1969, Ford won Le Mans four times in a row, dispelling all notion of Ferrari's past dominance. The MK IV only raced in two races and won both, 1967 Sebring and 1967 Le Mans. The #1 car was manufactured by Kar Kraft, a Ford subsidiary, and was prepared to race by the Shelby American team. From the engine, the chassis, and the tires to the Shelby team drivers, Dan Gurney and A. J. Foyt, this historical victory was the only All-American win ever! The champagne spray tradition had begun.
A total of six J-cars were designated MK IV, named "J" because of new construction regulations introduced in Appendix J by the FIA in 1966. This MK IV or specifically J-5 included the Gurney bubble, a roof bubble that allowed space for the 6'4" Californian's helmet. The "40" in its moniker referred to the height required at the windshield. The MK IV was aerodynamically redesigned and revised for safety from earlier J cars (12 in all), but still the very lightweight honeycomb aluminum construction (Brunswick Aircraft Corp. had been a partner) allowed the #1 car to reach speeds of 212 mph on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.
In excellent condition on a wood base with plexiglass cover measuring 15 ½ l. x 7 ¼ w. x 4 h. in.
Michele Conti (1931-1996)
Erwin Goldschmidt (1916-1970) acquired from Conti in Italy ca. 1968
Anthony Goldschmidt (1942-2014), by descent 1970