Zimmer Quicksilver

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Here, my friends, is where we may part ways.

You've been incredibly patient—and supportive—of my taste so far. But I feel that my love for the Zimmer Quicksilver may be the wedge that drives us apart.

But it won't. Because I'm about to convince you it's even more awesome than the E30. 

First things first: the Zimmer Quicksilver is based on the Pontiac Fiero. So we can check these three off straight away:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Inexpensive to buy
  • Mid-engined
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Next, as values of classic cars keep shooting up—and speculators keep buying modern cars that may one day become classics—there are precious few opportunities to acquire something that may someday be worth more than it is presently.

Rarity is a big factor in keeping value strong, but if you're on a budget there's no way a Cuda Convertible or Ferrari 250 LM is in your future. Here's another bullet point for you:

  • Approximately 250 made from 1984-1988

Another thing that should give the Quicksilver some staying power is that, like coachbuilders of yore, the car is rebodied, to the tune of more than 650 hours of work. It's almost as if Sergio Pininfarina himself wanted to apply his eye for excellence to Pontiac's mid-engined sports car.

Ok, that's a stretch. It was styled by a man named Don Johnson. Seriously.

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Call me crazy, but with the car's elongated chrome nose, it looks even better than the Fiero. And–and–the proportions are so good it could have probably been sold as an Oldsmobile, Buick, or Cadillac—besides, it's a full two feet longer than a Fiero, anyway!

Zimmer is best-known for the Golden Spirit, at first a Mercury Cougar*-based neo-classic. I personally consider neo-classics to be cockroaches on wheels…and reserve the right to feature them when I'm having a really bad day.

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Though it's relatively difficult to find information on the Quicksilver, period road tests and magazine article help to reveal an interesting story of how it came to be. 

The car's designer, Don Johnson, was working at General Motors before approaching Zimmer with his idea for a $50,000 hand built fiberglass coupe built on the Pontiac Fiero chassis. 

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It would have a fully customized, Italian leather interior. It would have big, integrated chrome bumpers and a stand-up grille. It would retain the Fiero's weezy V6 engine. And it would be built in Florida.

Sadly, the end of production coincided with the Fiero's in 1988…but your dreams of a V8-powered, mid-engined, Fiero-based neo-classic are about to begin.

Zimmer still makes cars, but of course it's not really the same Zimmer. But that's a story for another day.

* Thanks, Rick, for writing in and catching my typo—the Golden Spirit is Cougar, not Sable-based. 

Sources / Recommended reading

Zimmer Quicksilver: eBay literature (1, 2), Spokesman-Review 1987, carpictures.com, Wikipedia

Zimmer: Wikipedia