The distinctive “ducktail” rear spoiler of Porsche’s Carrera RS has defined one of the most sought-after sports cars to emerge from the fabled Stuttgart marque. The model was born out of Porsche’s burning desire to enter the FIA’s newly launched racing series for production cars, filling the void left after the retirement of the Le Mans-winning Type 917 prototype racer of late-1960s and early-1970s fame. Not only would another successful racing programme continue Porsche’s presence in competition, company bosses hoped it would also boost sales of its road-going stock, too.
Using the 911 S Coupé as a starting point, Porsche’s competition department developed two homologated versions of the Carrera RS. The Sport model, also known as the “Lightweight” (option M471), was intended for competition use and would be largely stripped of its interior. The Touring version (M472) offered some of the Lightweight’s features but was more civilised for spirited yet comfortable road use.
Of the 1,580 Carrera RSs to leave Zuffenhausen, 1,308—including chassis “1446”, the car offered here— were built to the popular “M472” Touring specification. The Porsche is documented to have been delivered new to Germany in June 1973. It left the factory in Grand Prix White (with Red Lettering) over a Black Leatherette interior, the same colour configuration it wears today.
Thought to have been raced by its first owner in both Germany and the United Kingdom, it is believed that the Porsche was subject to restoration work in the UK in the mid-1990s. By the end of the decade, the Carrera RS was sold to Japan, and then the United States in 2003. During its time in the US, the car came into the ownership of the noted car collector, Ted Gildred, prior to being sold alongside other cars from his collection after he passed away in 2019.
Accompanied by workshop invoices from 2005 to 2015, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity issued by Porsche Cars North America, and a period Porsche Driver’s Manual—further to the inclusion of selected spares and a toolkit—this seminal Porsche is a ticket into an exclusive club of Carrera RS ownership that only so many can enjoy at once.