I agree, the Jordan then, and how it looks on the car now, is fantastic. Both the old McLaren and Williams liveries look fantastic on the 2013 car in my opinion, especially the McLaren one. I would still love to see the Jordan one back though. It’s one of the reasons I loved the 2010 Renault so much, because the colours reminded me of this.
I think when we look back in twenty years time, some of the current liveries will have become iconic. The problem is that the best ones on the grid have been around for so long that they’ve gone stale to some of us (I wonder if people ever thought that about JPS Lotus or Marlboro McLaren though?), and the ones which change most often are regularly indistinct and bland ones such as Sauber and Williams. I think both McLaren and Red Bull are pretty decent liveries- McLaren for the uniqueness of the chrome with effective red highlights, and Red Bull (prior to this year’s purple sheen) for the simple primary colours. Force India have also been fairly nice.
Unfortunately sometimes decent liveries do appear, but are forgettable because they are on backmarkers or ugly cars- take Caterham and last year’s HRT. Alternatively, otherwise nice liveries are ruined with silly little touches like the red front and rear endplates that used to be on Lotus- now at least by adding a dollop of red to the body those don’t look so out of place, although the nose of the car still looks broken. Having 2 cars driving around in a similar but duller livery to Red Bull doesn’t help the overall colour of the grid either.
I do like Red Bull’s livery, and I did initially like the purple “lightening up” the car. Now looking back I just wish they pd retained the initial livery – the Red Bull stickers were also better than the Infiniti ones I would say!
The Tyrrell looks a bit plain. If I’d be skilled at all, I’d devote some time in putting old liveries on the cars in F1 2012 or something, but the Codemasters games aren’t as easy to mod as the old Grand Prix series games.