Beauty is inherently subjective. One man's Cremé Caramel may be another man's dreaded Brussel Sprout. In F1 terms, the objective measure for determining a beautiful car for most fans has always been: 'Is it fast?'
It comes as no surprise then, that the majority of F1 cars classed as beautiful share their likenesses with the predators of the animal kingdom, the uncompromising winners in nature (think of the Ferrari 156 for example, and its shark nose). Cars widely regarded as ugly are far more likely to resemble the slow, lumbering animals of the world (think walrus, platypus etc, etc...).
Yet, even with this objective yardstick, there has still been an evolution over time regarding which design features constitute beauty for the typical F1 fan.
From the 1970s until perhaps the mid 1990s, masculinity reigned supreme; bulky bodywork to accompany a huge, growling V12 was the standard-bearer for beauty. From the late 1990s and into the 2000's however, femininity took over. Curvy side-pods and, ahem, tightly-packaged rear-ends have been the order of the day.
Now we'd like to you to rate and rank the Brussel Sprouts of F1 history, giving each of the pre-selected cars a score from one to ten. The one with the highest mark will be judged the ugliest and will be announced in due course.
To submit your ratings, all you have to do is CLICK HERE
You can also share your thoughts and opinions simply by clicking on the 'Post your comments' link below. And if your favourite monstrosity hasn't been included in our pool of ten, let us know – although remember beauty (or not) is always in the eye of the beholder.
by Josh Bonser