Cars were big in the late Fifties and Sixties, and every model manufacturer tried their hand at kits of show cars. Monogram Models had put out very nice kits of some of Darryl Starbird’s custom cars, and then in 1968 they hit the jackpot.
They hired a young designed named Tom Daniel to design a model or two for them. Daniel’s first creation was the Beer Wagon, which had no real-world counterpart at all.
And then came his masterpiece, the Red Baron.
The Red Baron sold like wildfire. In fact, it did so well that Monogram decided to ask a custom car builder to produce a full-size version (possible NSFW; KC Winkler in a swimsuit). It was, as you’d expect, very popular at shows.
But you’ll notice that there are some differences between the model kit and the later full-size version. This results in a paradox: The model is more accurate than the real thing!