Fans choose their 'most beautiful' racing and rally cars

With the motorsport season yet to truly start, the Autosport Forum has kept busy by discussing the "most beautiful" racing cars from the world of Formula 1, sportscars, American racing and rallying

Fans choose their 'most beautiful' racing and rally cars

We've trawled through the pages and threads to select some of the cars motorsport fans have selected as their favourites.

Below is a selection of the contenders, with a total of 20 highlighted cars available to see in our gallery.

Ferrari 641, chosen by totgate

The Ferrari 641 has often been claimed as one of Formula 1's best-looking cars, to the point it has even been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

On the track, this was the car that almost propelled Alain Prost to a title with Ferrari, and it was to be a high point for the Scuderia as it took another seven years to compete for a title.

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Penske PC23, chosen by OO7

This was the car that won the 1994 Indycar championship and had a memorable 1-2-3 for Penske in Milwaukee with Al Unser Jr winning his third race in a row ahead of Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy.

That would be the final championship order too, with Unser taking the title. The car also made an appearance at the 1995 Indianapolis 500 in a disastrous event in which the Penske cars failed to make the grid.

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Renault Alpine A110, chosen by jcbc3

The Alpine A110's most famous moment came in Monte Carlo back in 1971 (pictured) as Ove Andersson won the rally for Renault. That meant the car began to be internationally recognised after it spent much of the '60s successfully rallying in France.

The Alpine's longevity meant it joined the new World Rally Championship in 1973, although it quickly faded from the scene as more modern cars stepped forward as leading lights.

Porsche 917, chosen by TennisUK

The Porsche 917 gave the German manufacturer its first overall wins at Le Mans and remains one of the most famous cars in sportscar history thanks to appearances in Steve McQueen's Le Mans and its presence in the historic racing scene.

Outside of Le Mans, it dominated the 1970 and '71 World Sportscar Championships and was regularly revised and updated, meaning there were short tail and a long tail versions to suit the various races on the calendar.

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