Your prettiest F1 cars of all time
Seems you lot rather like old F1 cars, so here are your favourites
Posted: 10 Feb 2014
Alfa Romeo 158
Alfa Romeo's quite extraordinarily beautiful 158 - and its successor the 159 - date back to the very start of the F1 World Championship in 1950, which it delivered to Giuseppe Farina and would deliver in 1951 to Fangio, the first of his five titles. What's extraordinary about the 158 (it takes its name from its swept capacity of 1.5-litres and its in-line eight cylinder layout) is that it made its debut some 13 years earlier in 1938.
Development back then usually just meant strapping on an ever-bigger supercharger, but the 158 did have new rear suspension and, before the war at least, the attention of Enzo Ferrari who oversaw the development of the 158 before parting company with Alfa. Ferrari's first win in F1 came at the expense of the Alfa and the 158. Those massive superchargers made the 158 fast but also thirsty, significantly more so than Ferrari's 375 which took the marque's first win at Silverstone in July that year.