BAR 01 (1999)
In British American Racing’s first year in the sport, the team wanted to run each car with a different livery. The FIA denied them, so this one-of-a kind, half-and-half livery was the solution.
Ferrari 158 (1964)
Ferrari has never not raced in red, except for two races in 1964. The volatile Enzo Ferrari changed his cars to blue and white for two races after an argument with the FIA.
Shadow DN9 (1979)
Boasting a lion on its bodywork with an open mouth over the front air intake, it wasn’t exactly pretty (what Shadow F1 car ever was?) but it generated plenty of publicity for its title sponsor.
Hesketh 308D (1976)
Known for its party attitude on the usually po-faced F1 grid, the Hesketh F1 team combined two of its sponsors, Penthouse and Rizla, in a rather ingenious way.
Jordan EJ13 (1997)
With legislation for tobacco advertising entering F1, Jordan took a unique approach to satisfying its title sponsor, Benson and Hedges, changing the name to Bitten and Hisses and going for a snake livery.
Ligier JS39 (1993)
Incorporating the French team’s famous lady emblem, this special Gitanes camo scheme from comic author, Hugo Pratt, is one of the real unique standouts of one-off F1 liveries.
Honda RA107 (2007)
How ahead of its time was Honda with this Earth Dreams F1 car? It wasn’t a one-off either; Button and Barrichello ran this livery the entire season. Victory still proved elusive for the Japanese.
Brawn BGP001 (2009)
Honda was gone from F1 before Ross Brawn raised the team from the ashes for one final hurrah in 2009 as Brawn GP. With no sponsorship whatsoever, the livery was a spartan white with luminous green. It didn’t stop them winning.
Red Bull RB3 (2007)
Made up of 50 000 photos of fans’ faces, the 2007 Silverstone race car wasn’t just rare, it also raised over a $1million for charity. Look closely and Lewis Hamilton, in his debut F1 season, is even on there.