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Whether it's a supercar, performance car, classic car or oddball, chances are it was at Car Café in 2016. With such an eclectic mix turning up month in, month out, between April and September, we are itching to see what turns up in 2017! Here we look back at our top 5 favourite cars from last year.

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1. Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 (1983)

The Mk1 VW Golf GTI was the first proper 'Hot Hatch' and is recognised as an icon amongst car enthusiasts and VW enthusiasts alike. It also set the ball rolling for the term 'Hot Hath' after being launched in the mid-seventies, and since then we have been lucky enough to experience an array of excellent examples of the 'Hot Hatch' from multiple manufacturers. Nowadays, the Mk1 GTI is a rare sight on UK roads, let alone to find one in decent condition. It was therefore nice to see this particular example show up to Car Café last year.

2. McLaren 675LT (2016)

If you’re going to buy a McLaren 675LT, its likely it will turn a few heads every now and then. However, it’s more or less guaranteed with this unbelievable Napier green paint choice, available direct from McLaren. The 675LT comes with monstrous performance from its twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing 666bhp which propels the car from 0-60mph in some ridiculously quick 2.9 seconds. It was nice to see this car many times at our Car Café event in 2016, as the car became quite a regular.

3. Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 (1970)

Ford's RS division is responsible for creating some of the most iconic fast fords ever built. RS stands for Rallye Sport and therefore most RS models look like road going rally cars. The iconic Escort RS Cosworth and the more modern day Ford Focus RS Mk3 have already established themselves legendary status in the fast ford history, yet it was the Mk1 Escort RS models from the '70s which kicked off the legacy. This striking Olympic Blue RS2000 example joined us in 2016, to the delight of many Car Café attendees.

4. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (2010)

Mercedes-Benz have made a few iconic cars in their time, and the SLS AMG takes its inspiration from perhaps one of their most iconic - the 1954 300SL 'Gullwing'. It is nowhere near as delicate as the classic, but looks exactly like a more modern day equivalent of the classic lines and shape of the classic. Of course, the main similarity is the unbelievable 'Gullwing' doors. This particular example also featured a mirror-like chrome finish which certainly makes the SLS stand out even more.

5. The Rat Rod

Exact details of this particular car are lacking, but one things for sure, its very loud! It is also awesome to see cars like this at Car Café, as they usually have a unique story behind them, which owners are more than happy sharing, with fellow enthusiasts. Normally, Hot Rods are immaculate and cost considerable amounts to produce whereas Rat Rods are a counter creation, and are more about driving than being 'show cars' - hence the unfinished look. This however, appeals to many as it makes the car look very cool and moody. 

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