An iconic car parked on top of a popular cafe in Northampton has been removed to allow refurbishment work to be carried out on the roof.
For the past 22 years, motorists on the Towcester Road have been able to spot the red Buick Lesabre 1975 perched on top of Super Sausage II.
But the car, which has been painted a variety of colours over the years, has been taken down to allow the roof to be refurbished and has been scrapped.
Paul Bacon, co-owner of the Super Sausage cafe, said the Buick would not be put back up, but he was hoping to source an alternative American car.
A crane was needed to remove the one-tonne shell of the car, which was lifted up there in 1994.
Mr Bacon said: “The roof has needed to be re-felted for a long time and we’ve hung on and hung on, but it’s come to the point where we have to do it.
“The car has also become a nesting home for the local pigeon population.
“I would like to put up another car. an American car club used to meet in the cafe and that is how I sourced the Buick.
“I’d like to put another American car, it’s just a matter of finding one available without an engine.”
Mr Bacon, who also runs the Super Sausage cafe in St Andrew’s Road, said he’d always had positive feedback about the iconic decoration - which is clearly visible to anyone travelling on the Towcester Road flyover -and he felt it had help put the cafe on the map.
He said: “When people ask which Super Sausage cafe they mean, they ask, ‘is it the one with the car on the roof?’.
“The one part of the car we have kept is the hub caps. We’re going to give them a polish and put them up in the cafe.”
During the 23 years the car has been on the roof of the cafe, it has been painted in the colours of the St George’s flag during World Cups and European Championships.