Jeremy Clarkson reveals his favourite cars from the last 12 months

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Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been busy since leaving the hit BBC programme last year. Mostly, he's been filming his new car show The Grand Tour with his old TG colleagues Richard Hammond and James May.

It's not just television that takes up Clarkson's time, though. Aside from entertaining his millions of followers on Twitter – he recently recounted a tale of rescuing some holidaymakers from a broken boat – he's also been writing his regular column for the Sunday Times' 'Driving' section.

This week he turned his attention to cars that give him 'the fizz'. In case you're not down with the Top Gear lingo, that's how James May describes a car that excites him. As Clarkson says in his column, "If a car doesn't make you excited every time you climb inside, then it's just a tool. And if it's just a tool, you may as well use the bus."

The first car of note is the Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro. This latest incarnation of the popular roadster harks back to the original's spirit of lightweight, inexpensive performance, and Clarkson reckons it's so much fun 'it's a cure for depression'.

Jeremy Clarkson reveals his favourite cars of the last year

Jeremy Clarkson reveals his favourite cars of the last year


Then there's the Alfa Romeo 4C. It's one of those head versus heart cars. From the outside it's so gorgeous it's an item of desire, but it feels badly made, cheap inside and has some disappointing at-the-limit driving characteristics. "It's a terrible car. And yet I adored it," says Clarkson.

The rest of the list includes everything from supercars like the Mercedes-AMG GT S to hot hatches such as the Ford Focus RS. There's even a Vauxhall Zafira in there.

Check out the gallery to see Jeremy Clarkson's top 10 cars, in no particular order, of the past year or so.