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In the spring of 1965, two custom examples of the 1:12 scale Ford GT Prototype model built by Michele Conti were commissioned by Erwin Goldschmidt (see his bio-page). Completed in December of the same year, he then personally presented one of the models to Henry Ford II. Included with its original Conti certificate of authenticity (see photo),this example measures 14½ l. x 6¼ w. x 3¾ h. in. Mounted to a wooden base and covered in Plexiglas. Excellent condition.
Michele Conti (1931-1996)
Erwin Goldschmidt (1916-1970) acquired from Conti in Italy
Certificate of Authenticity dated December 7, 1965
Anthony Goldschmidt (1942-2014), by descent 1970
1964 Ford GT Coupé Prototype
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As the predecessor of the GT40, 12 Ford GT's (grand touring) were produced. Serial #'s GT 101 through GT 112 were known as prototypes . Since the early 1960's, Henry Ford II wanted to have Fords race at Le Mans. When Ferrari opened the door to a sale, it was Ford that entered the negotiations, but disputes over open wheel racing prompted Enzo Ferrari to break off the deal. More determined than ever, Ford set out to find a company to beat Ferrari. Eric Broadley's Lola Cars International was selected, and the Ford Advanced Vehicles Ltd. project was born, headed up by ex-Aston Martin team manager, John Wyer. GT 101 was built near Heathrow Airport on March 16,1963. Marred by failures, Wyer was replaced by Carrol Shelby after the 1964 Nassau race. While 1965 was also mostly a disaster, in February Shelby's maiden race did produce a victory at the Daytona 2000.