The Top 25 F1 Liveries of All Time : #17


With the possible exception of an all-red Ferrari, this might just be the most recognisable livery in motor racing history. Marlboro’s logo and distinct shade of orange-red first began to appear on McLaren cars in the mid ‘70s, but it was in 1981 that the famous twin-chevron livery was introduced. It lasted in pretty much the same form – albeit with various alterations to fit the shape of the car – until the end of 1996, and during this time it also became a distinctive feature on the IndyCar circuit, identifying Roger Penske’s eponymous team for from the mid-80s up until 2006. You might argue that picking one of the fifteen-odd cars is much of a muchness – but hey, pointless minutiae are what this site is all about! In the end, I plumped for the 1989 vintage, as famously driven by the battling Senna and Prost. It featured the most archetypal elements – including Shell and Honda branding – and the distinctive, TAG Heuer-marked windshield also marked it out as memorable.

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    January 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm


    The first ever NSFW F1 car.


    January 24, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Ah…I was expecting this much higher! I prefer the ones without the black down the side of the nose, but that’s just me. Those liveries looked fantastic with a certain yellow helmet too.


    January 27, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I once made a painting of one of these for a calendar, but it said MarlEEN on the rear wing. So, I have fond personal memories of this car. Despite the tobacco adverts ;p


    February 20, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Seeing it in person was wonderful. And the livery wasn’t red at all. It was more like a fluorescent pink-red.

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