Red Baron was a car in the 1970 Hot Wheels series.
The story behind this casting is complex - in 1968 (possibly due to the popularity of the "Peanuts" cartoon character Snoopy's imaginary battles with the Red Baron) Monogram introduced a model kit of a stylized hot-rod incorporating a WWI German infantry helmet (Pickelhaube) and an Iron Cross motif on the radiator. In 1969, Chuck Miller built a working life-size version of the car, and the Hot Wheels casting appeared in 1970. Interestingly, although the Hot Wheels version has fenders (UK: mudguards), neither the Monogram kit nor Miller's car has them.
For a short time, Mattel owned Monogram, and the Hot Wheels "Red Baron" was included as a bonus in some model kit boxes.
The Red Baron has come out in the following versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|1970||1970 Hot Wheels||Spectraflame Red||Black Iron Cross on sides of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||White||RL||6400||Hong Kong||Loose only|
|1970||1970 Hot Wheels||Spectraflame Red||Black Iron Cross on sides of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||Black||RL||6400||Hong Kong|
|1973||1973 Hot Wheels||Red||None||Unpainted / Metal||Black||RL||Hong Kong|
|1974||1974 Hot Wheels||Red||None||Unpainted / Metal||Black||RL||6964||Hong Kong||blunt helmet point|
|1977||1977 Hot Wheels||Red||None||Unpainted / Metal||Black||BW||6964||Hong Kong|
|1979||1979 Hot Wheels Classy Customs||Red||None||Unpainted / Metal||Black||BW||6964||Hong Kong|
|1993||25th Anniversary Series||Metalflake Red||Unpainted / Metal||Black||RL||5700||China|
|1994||FAO Schwarz Gold Series I||Metalflake Blue-Green||Tiny White Hot Wheels Logo||Unpainted / Metal||White||RL Gold||5700||China||Limited to 3000|
|1994||Vintage Series||Burnt Orange||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Aqua||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Black||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Blue||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Burgundy||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Magenta||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Pink||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Silver||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Turquoise||RL|
|1994||Vintage Series||Metalflake Yellow||RL|
|1995||FAO Schwarz Gold Series II||Gold-Plated||Gold RL|
|1996||Target Retro Wheels Set||Metalflake Dark Red||White||RL|
|1999||Toy Story Game||Metalflake Red||Tiny White Hot Wheels Logo||Unpainted / Metal||White||RL||China|
|2003||Highway 35 World Race - Scorchers||Orange w/black fenders & black helmet||"No. 31", flames, skull on helmet, iron cross on front of engine||Red||Red rim CM5||897|
|N/A||2008||Since '68 3/40||Black||Black skull w/pistons on helmet sides, "Der Rote Baron" on back of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||Red||Red Line BW||L2840||Thailand|
|2008||Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15||Spectraflame Red||Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||Gray||RL||M3662||Thailand||Came w/button|
|2008||Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15||Spectraflame Purple||Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||Gray||RL||M1865||Thailand|
|2008||Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15||Chrome||Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||Gray||RL5SP||M1865||Thailand|
|2008||Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15||Spectraflame Green||Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||Gray||RL5SP||M1865||Thailand|
|2008||Hot Wheels Classics Series 4 - 8/15||Spectraflame Pink||Black & white iron cross on sides of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||Gray||RL5SP||M1865||Thailand|
|2008||Top 40 Set||Pearl White||Red skull w/pistons on helmet sides, "Der Rote Baron" on helmet back||Unpainted / Metal||Black||Red Line BW||Thailand||Wal-Mart exclusive|
|2009||2009 Fright Cars||Metallic Black / Satin Black helmet||White skulls w/orange flames, HW pumpkin logo on sides of helmet||Unpainted / Metal||Orange||Orange Chrome 5SP||Thailand||Wal-mart Exclusive|
|2009||HWC.com Series 8 - Neo-Classics 2/6||Spectraflame Red||Silver painted guns, black & white iron cross on helmet sides||Chrome / Metal||Gray||RL||P9092||China||7500 produced|
|2012||Hot Wheels Boulevard||Red||Silver painted guns, black & white iron cross on helmet sides||ZAMAC||Grey||RR|
The Full Size Red Baron
- Reversing the usual procedure of developing plastic models from full size vehicles, the Red Baron show car was inspired by the Tom Daniel's Monogram model kit of the same name. Commissioned to custom car builder Chuck Miller by the Show Car Division of the ISCA. It was unveiled at the Detroit Autorama in January 1969. The Red Baron was originally designed by Tom Daniel for Monogram Models, and converting the design to full scale was much easier to design than build. For instance, Daniel incorporated a 1914 Mercedes aircraft engine to power his Red Baron. However, due to its improper scale, (hey, Daniel is an artist, not a car builder!) Miller had to improvise, powering his Red Baron with a Pontiac overhead-cam, 6-cylinder.
- One other non-cost-effective situation were the custom wheels conceived by Tom Daniel: Miller was forced to replicate these by using Sheet Metal. He cut them to resemble the wheels in the model kit, painted them black, and attached them to chromed steel wheels. The hand-formed, all steel body, equipped with replicated machine guns, sits atop a custom built frame and is topped off with a large fiberglass German WWI helmet. This is where another problem arose for Miller. Although Daniels' kit featured a chrome plated helmet, Miller was unable to achieve this with his car. Unfortunately, there were no companies at the time that had large enough plating equipment. Miller was forced to settle for a silver metal flake paint job instead.
- The Photo and information for the full scale Red Baron is sourced from the book "Showtime" by Michael Sheridan and Sam Bushala