1. What was Zimmer?
Zimmer was a Florida based car company, specifically in making retro vehicles. Two models were ever produced. First was the Golden Spirit, which was a traditional retro vehicle. The Quicksilver though, looked a lot better in comparison, refined quite a lot.
1. WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
A customized and stretched Pontiac Fiero. This is the best and the clearest description. Pontiac Fiero was known to be a rather nimble, fun to drive (sort of ) sports car (tho it was seriously underpowered). However, the Florida based company decided to make it as a showy retro cruiser, other than a daily commuter. As a result, it had grown quite a lot. I mean, 28 inches (71.2 cm) increased in overall length, 15 inches (38.1 cm) increased in wheelbase and 400 pounds (181 kg) heavier than a standard Fiero. 71 cm increased in overall length, what the fxxk? Apart from that, you got a fairly luxury interior in some 80s rad colours. Engine was the same one you found on Fiero, 2.8L V6 carrying 140 ponies combined with a 3-speed automatic. Slow acceleration was expected, considering that the originally Fiero was already slow and now it gained some weights. A fairly normal 10 seconds from 0 to 60 was OK for a car like this. Except.......
2. THE PRICE
The fancy-looking Fiero cost you around 4 times more than a normal Fiero back in the day. Yes, a whopping FOUR times. FOUR times more money for a mechanically unchanged machine. Between 1985 to 1988, the Quicksilver priced from USD48000 to USD52000. In 2019's money it's USD116000 to USD125000. This price was even twice the price of Cadillac's Eldorado. No one would expect to spend a sum of money equivalent to USD100K on a car that had a 10 seconds 0-60 time. As a result, sales flop.
3. Some more information
Thanks for the unacceptably high price tag, sales of the Quicksilver was very bad. After the 4 year run of production, merely 170 Quicksilvers were produced. This car will only attract the real enthusiasts of the car to buy. Second-hand market is very limited. However, each time when they are put on for sale, the price of it is generally high. Around USD30K.
What do you think? Do you think the Quicksilver was a good idea, just the heavy price tag killed it?