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#1 Ali_G

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 18:19

i don't post in this form much but I thought that I would just raise this question.

Which F1 cars do you think were the best looking.

For me i like the 82 Williams and the 91 McLaren.

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#2 Frank de Jong

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 19:03

For some strange reason, I always liked the looks of the March 721G, '73 version, despite its tragic history.

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 19:19

When I was young, I loved the Wolf Mk2! Can't imagine why, nowadays...

It's certainly difficult to compare a, say, 1922 Rolland-Pilain to a 1974 Brabham for example, but having to go for one I'd pick the McLaren M7A!

#4 Kpy

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 19:46


Maserati 250F no question

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#5 Keir

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 19:56

1961 Ferrari 156 aka "Sharknose"
1976 Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46

Real beauties, the both of them and impossible for me to choose just one over the other.

#6 david_martin

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 20:17

Impeccable taste, Keir.

I would add another Gordon Murray creation to the list, the Brabham BT52.

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#7 Stefan Ornerdal

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 21:00

1952-53 Ferrari 500
1961 Ferrari "Sharknose"
1967 Ferrari Dino Formula 2 (off topic ? - no GP-car)

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#8 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 21:31

add me to the 'sharknose' list

#9 Marcor

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Posted 11 March 2001 - 23:38

When I was a kid, I really liked the Brabham BT44 (74 and 75) but I really hated what they became when McDonald bought and entered it in 1976.

The Lago-Talbot T26C had a beautiful look...

#10 Ali_G

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 00:08

Dave: I remember you comenting about that car before. I remember you said you loved it becasue of its short sidepods. on closer insection it looks like a nice car.

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#11 Zawed

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 01:22

The Ferrari 412T2: nice...

#12 Bernd

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 01:44

The Lotus 33 was mechanical symmetry at its best in my opinion. Just such a lovely, clean looking car.

#13 Keir

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 02:15

david_martin,
Thanks there, mate!
That BT52 is right up there, but I didn't like the Parmalat treatment.

#14 oldtimer

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 03:20

The 1939 Mercedes M154 has appeared in other threads, and surely belongs in this one.

And the 1950/51 Alfa 158/9, and let's not forget the '57 Vanwall

#15 dbw

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 07:40

i always thought the GP bug was a dead lock for the best looking GP car of all time...but mebbe i'm just a bit predisposed to think so......

#16 Barry Boor

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 07:56

Score one for the 1967 Eagle Weslake V12.

(I like the sharknose, too!)

#17 Bernd

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 08:15

Barry yeah the T1G was a corker that beak nose!!!

#18 Ali_G

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 10:47

GUys, what about the Lotus 88. Now that really was a beautiful car.

i also have a place in my heart for the 87 Lotus. Don't know why.

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#19 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 11:28

fee-nes... I would imagine the rather unique shape of the Wolf attracted a lot of people.

But my vote, as it has been in former versions of this question, rests with the Eagle, with a second glance at the Brabham BT33.

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#20 David J Jones

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 18:56

I agree with Oldtmer but I would add the Ferrari Dino 246

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 19:19

Ray, sure you're kidding? I mean the 1978 Wolf, WR5 and WR6!

#22 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 21:59

Oh, that one... just looked it up!

So ugly I had erased it from my mind.... pretty bad!

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 22:33


Must be the Eagle that Dan Gurney raced, long sleek and fast. Pity that it was not reliable.

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#24 Eric McLoughlin

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 22:56

I've always liked cars with Frank Costin bodywork such as the later Vanwalls and the Lotus 16.

#25 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 23:35

Funny how the Lotus 16 rarely gets a mention... and it should, even if only because it looked soooo much better than both its predecessor and its successor!

Though that wouldn't be the only reason...

#26 Eric McLoughlin

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Posted 12 March 2001 - 23:42

It had a nasty habit of falling apart, especially in the gearbox and transmission department. Funnily enough, at the Revival Meeting last September, Dave Walker's 16 was spotted by me in the paddock on Saturday evening with the seat out and the rear end of it's drive shaft removed, and copious amounts of gearbox oil swilling around the cockpit floor. Nothing changes!

#27 MattFoster

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 00:32

Here is my all time best looking F1 cars

Ligier JS19
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Alfa Romeo 182
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#28 Gary C

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 01:55

I can't believe no-one hasn't voted for the Lotus 72 - that was IT!!!

#29 cabianca

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 02:21

Pre-war, Maserati 8CTF
post-war, between Maser 250F and Ferrari 156 sharknose


#30 Jonas A

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 11:23

The 1972 March 721X

#31 rolando

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 14:56

My all-time favorites:
Streamlined Maserati 250F, Ferrari 640, Lancia Ferrari D50, Ferrari 156 Sharknose

#32 minardi

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 15:43

MattFoster: Man that Alfa was a real beauty. And the ยด91 Jordan is a nice looking piece aswell. I tend to think there is something appealing about almost every racecar to be honest.

#33 FLB

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 16:04

Personally, I'd go for the 1978 Lotus 79. It looks very sleek, especially in that glorious black and gold livery :)

#34 borsari

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 18:18

Originally posted by Barry Boor
Score one for the 1967 Eagle Weslake V12.

(I like the sharknose, too!)


BARRY, MY TWO FAVES AS WELL !!!

It would be hard to pick one over the other, but I have sat in an Eagle and not a Shark nose Ferrari

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#35 Keir

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 19:13

borsari,
Only a chosen few have ever sat in a real Ferrar 156 aka "sharknose". Ferrari had them all sent to the crusher. Go figure!!!
They were beauties, none the less!!

All of Dan's cars had a special look about them, but the '67 version really looked the part.

#36 Allen Brown

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 20:26

Good man FLB, the Lotus 79 wins for me.

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#37 ZippyD

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Posted 14 March 2001 - 20:45

Brabham BT44.

#38 Jeroen Brink

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Posted 18 March 2001 - 18:24

Next to the Lotus 79, I would suggest the Lotus 80 as well.

#39 Justin Gurney

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Posted 20 March 2001 - 18:17

hmmmmmmmmmmm....

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#40 fines

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Posted 20 March 2001 - 19:37

You don't have to post, Justin, we know your choice! :lol: :lol: :rolleyes:

#41 Barry Boor

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Posted 20 March 2001 - 19:43

Yes, Michael, but he's RIGHT!!!! :D

#42 fines

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Posted 20 March 2001 - 20:10

Yes Barry, at least almost...

You forget that beautiful, atlasf1 orange McLaren!!!!!!! :D :D :D Posted Image

#43 David M. Kane

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Posted 21 March 2001 - 01:56

1. Eagle
2. Sharknose
3. BT44
4. Surtees T7

#44 Barry Boor

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Posted 21 March 2001 - 19:13

Thank you, David. The next time I speak to my cousin Peter I will tell him that somebody rates the TS.7 among the best looking GP cars of all time. Although he was not solely responsible for the look of it, he had as much input as anyone else!

#45 Barry Boor

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Posted 22 March 2001 - 19:34

As a follow up to that last posting at 7.13 a.m. U.K. time, I have something for David to look at, at 7.30 p.m., same day. (How come no-one has been here in 12 hours!) :eek:

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This was taken in the Brands pit lane on the car's first appearance - July 1970. For the record, the two junior designers are on the right - Shahab Ahmed in the white sweater and Peter Connew in the orange one.

Hands up all those who can remember when you could stroll down a Grand Prix pit lane, unhindered and it cost you - nothing?

#46 Keir

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Posted 22 March 2001 - 20:29

The TS7 looked better to me in the 1971 livery, but then that's just my opinion, I could be wrong:cool:

#47 deangelis86

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Posted 23 March 2001 - 12:38

Lotus 95t of 1984
Brabham BT56 of 1987
Jordan 191 of 1991

:smoking:

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#48 Patrick Italiano

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Posted 23 March 2001 - 15:04

The title of this thread is 'best looking' (hence no matter if successful or not) and 'of all times' (thus not only F1 cars).

So here's my best:

Alfa 12C37

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IMHO, it's in the same league as a W154 Mercedes-Benz, another potential winner, but, of course, I prefer the Alfa. :)
Because it's red . :p



#49 king_crud

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Posted 23 March 2001 - 15:14

Being the young whippersnapper that i am i'd have to say the McLaren MP4/* from 93 (shame it was wasted on Michael Andretti), and for some reason the 97 Jordan. Don't ask me to explain why:up:

#50 oldtimer

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Posted 23 March 2001 - 16:33

Patrick, that Alfa is indeed a looker. IMHO, the best we seen amongst the photos on this thread. Thanks.