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Ducktail - which is original design?

I got lost in the archives and had this question. Which Ducktail design is original? Maybe both styles are.

In the following picture you will see a black RS. This car is currently on ebay and is described as an original 23000 mile car. If you look at the edge gap you will see that the ducktail follows the countour of the body until the lower edge of the engine grill where it gracefully turns upwards into the tail. This area is circled in yellow.

the second car in the picture is an RS of unknown. It was the only picture I could find with both types in one spot. This other tail starts to follow the body countour on the gap. Just past the leading edge of the engine grill the tail starts a gradual incline diverging from the body countour until the end of the engine grill where the line once again turns into the tail. This creates a "shelf" at the quarter panel to ducktail gap. This area is circled in red.

Which style is correct?


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Ive always been very curious on this...im all ears JP.
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An original Carrera RS


but like you say maybe both styles are
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It's hard to tell much from a small picture, but the black one doesn't look right at all. On the original ducktails, the decklid did not follow the contours of a normal lid.

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I did not want to put my bias in the original question. I always thought the original tails had the contour of all white ducktails pictured above. That is, the tail does not follow the body contour.

When I read (not really believed) the ad for the black "original" RS I questioned the tail.
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Here's an interesting footnote from the 'Carrera RS' book:

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original factory ducktail on my '74 carrera

are they the same as the '73 RS?

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hmmm...maybe someone here like Thom Fitzpatrick or others can be convinced to mock-up an "attachment" Duck shown by Jack O... and offer that for sale ???

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Thats what Im working on now, but for myself first, and attach it to a steel lid, could look like crap but you never know?
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Craig...let us know how it turns out....there's always a "Rev 1" possibility to what you first do .. !!

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I'd be in line to buy that "backpack" ducktail!

I'd slap it on for the track, then toss it in the trunk for the drive home.
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You can also just bolt a small lip onto the aft part of the engine grill - even a flat piece of Al will provide some benefits.
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Cound me in for one Backpack! I love that idea and am surprised that no one has produced this yet.
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white is original, black one is not.
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The original ducktails were not very well finished and did not fit very well. Remember they were hand made and were fiberglass bonded onto an aluminum lid (later steel). They are all different. That said, the white one looks more "correct" to me.
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My '74 looks just like the one jtkkz posted.
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Original, alloy-framed, first series ducktail:

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My '74 looks just like the one jtkkz posted.
And your asking price is......?
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