1983: Renault Elf

There have been many utterly great-looking Renaults to race down the years – white, yellow and black is a hard thing to get wrong unless you start to chuck an ING logo in there – but this is the best. The separation of the three colours into distinct blocks, rather than relying on the usual stripes, is striking; and you already know how I feel about those large engine-cover race numbers. 1983 was suddenly a quite strong year, with two cars (the Benetton-sponsored Tyrrell is the other) making my old top five of all time; but this is the one that edges it.

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