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The stars and stripes of America were thoroughly represented at Car Cafe May 2018, bringing plenty of power and noise to an extremely busy morning at Neway House in Annesley, Nottingham. There were a variety of bright colours on show too, with some of the finest examples from Chevrolet, Dodge, Cadillac and of course Ford exhibited in an array of vibrant colours.

1. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

If the Challenger Hellcat didn't look mean enough as it rolled off the production line, then the matte black effect on this Car Cafe regular certainly conveys the car's aggressive attitude - especially paired with a set of black alloy wheels. As standard, the car is sold with a 6.2L supercharged V8 producing a colossal 707 hp, and the rear tyres also have to contend with a monstrous 650 lb-ft of torque. For the noise, looks, number plate (see image ) and being described as 'the most American car in the world' by Pistonheads, the Challenger SRT Hellcat takes top spot.


2. 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

This example of the Ford Shelby GT500 made its presence known at Car Cafe with its striking colour scheme of Grabber Blue with the trademark white stripes, plus the thunderous roar of its 5.4L V8 engine. As one of the last hurrahs for the 5th generation Mustang, the GT500 was supercharged to 550 hp and featured uprated, lowered suspension. This particular example appeared to feature the sought-after SVT performance package too - cementing its place at #2 in this list.


3. 1977 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

With a 5.7L V8 engine, pristine bright orange paintwork and one of the most iconic body shapes ever designed, this particular C3 Corvette Stingray stood out from the record crowd at Car Cafe Nottingham. Effortlessly stylish and instantly recognisable, this example was enhanced by small but important touches, such as the period-looking Hercules H/P 4000 tyres, Elvis 8-track tape in the stereo and one of the cleanest 40-year-old engine bays you're ever likely to see.


4. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet really outdid themselves when they reintroduced the Stingray name for the first time since the C3 iteration, which originally launched in the 1960s. Stop-and-stare looks are complemented by a classically American but thoroughly modernised 6.2L V8 powerplant and far superior driving dynamics to that of any previous generation Corvette. This immaculate Adrenaline Red example was simply stunning.


5. 1974 Cadillac Eldorado

While not really complying to the true definition of a muscle car, the 8.2 litres of American V8 under the bonnet was enough for this oversized land-yacht to make the list. Its Persian Lime and white coupe body paired with masses of chrome makes for a pretty eye-catching vehicle, even if the outrageously large engine only produces (back when it was new) 365bhp.


More than honourable mentions

Camaro SS More Photos

2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Only missed out on a top 5 spot due to its sportier stablemate, the Corvette Stingray.

2016 Ford Mustang GT

One of our favourite cars, this 6th generation Mustang GT gained extra points for its characteristically bold colour. 1

1966 Ford Mustang

It's always fantastic to see such an important piece of American car history at Car Cafe, and the classic Mustang is an automotive legend.

2008 Cobra Recreation

A stunning replica of one of America's most famous and iconic sports cars. If it was a real one, it would have made the top 5 list for sure.