If you’re going to play fast and loose with the name ‘Mercedes’ because of F1 continuity, ignoring that the W196 is definitively the best car regardless, several Tyrrells and the Matra were actually more successful than the Brawn.
Ferrari: F2002 – So good it nearly ruined F1.
McLaren: MP4/8 – McLaren’s prettiest creation and it managed to nab 5 wins off of the FW15C, so it was handy.
Williams: FW14B – Will there ever be a more crushingly dominant car?
Sauber: C12 – As pretty as it was quick, welcome to F1 Sauber!
A few of my favorite historic teams:
Arrows: A18 – Ahem, my avatar. And it almost won them a race.
Ligier: JS 11/15 – Ground effect nearly at its best.
Matra: MS80 – The best car JYS ever drove apparently.
Jordan: 191 – Same as the C12, what a way to announce your presence in F1!
Brabham: BT52B – Gordon Murray genius + BMW nuclear bomb = WDC
@full-throttle-f1 So do I. Those cars are all the best produced by the teams I have mentioned in my book, given the strength of the opposition and the results they achieved. The fact that they are all aesthetically pleasing is a bonus. If we all went for the cars that got them their best results on paper we’d all end up with the list you produced. ;) There are WDC and WCC winners in that list. The only odd one I suspect is the MP4-8, which I always maintain is an incredible car which was more than capable of keeping the Williams honest at times, even though the FW15C was so superior.