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    84 Zimmer Convertible

    spotted this in the grocery store parking lot this evening. (cellphone camera only, sorry)

    Looked pretty cool from the front:
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    Then I walked to the back .... and ugh, it was boxy:
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    It had a "Zimmer" name plate, never heard of that.
    I got a bit closer and it said "84 Zimmer Convertible" on a plate affixed to the glove compartment.

    The interior looked like a very plane Olds or Chrysler or some other standard big-3 car from the early 80s. So I guessed that it was a kit/conversion of some sort. And a Google search confirmed it.

    Found a link to another 84... except for the name plate on the glove compartment this one would pass as a twin for the one I saw, and better photos also.
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    So it is an Excalibur clone?

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    That's a cool-looking car. I agree with Randal...it looks like a dead ringer for the Excalibur, which was a take-off on the 1928 Mercedes SSK.
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    84 Zimmer Convertible

    Art,

    To the best of my recollection, those were based on a Mercury Cougar body, with MANY modifications. Some models looked decent, others were kind of boxy.

    Thought I had a picture of one, but no can find.

    They were different.

    Vaughn, you and Randal have it right, but I don't recall which came first. One of the others was based on a GM car.
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    Tony, you're close. Here's a bit from the Wikipedia entry:

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    It is the first four-door convertible on the market in decades and is based on a Lincoln Town Car chassis. The company also offers a two-door model that is built on a Ford/Mustang chassis which retails for $109,900.
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    84 Zimmer Convertible

    Well Vaughn,

    Who am I to dispute what Wikipedia says. There have been several spinoffs made of that style car, I am sure I must have seen or read about a few of them and one could have been built on a Cougar. I do know that's definetly not a Mustang windshield or door. T-bird, maybe, Lincoln, no. Eh, whatever. It would be fun to drive, for a while.

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    Tony, I think what they're saying is that it uses the chassis, but the body (windshield, doors, etc) is what's custom-made. (The Cougar and Mustang shared the same chassis in the early years of both models. Later, the Cougar and T-Bird were on the same platform.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Tony, you're close. Here's a bit from the Wikipedia entry:
    read on...

    There were TWO completely independent Zimmer car companies -- the first was from 78-88, and built a bit over 100 a year. Then in '95 this guy from Syracuse, NY named Art Zimmer (no relation to the other Zimmers) came across the car, and then started up ANOTHER Zimmer car company doing a similar sort of thing, though only about 10 cars a year.

    It's kind of a weird story.
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    Here's a few more pic's....if you scroll down to the 'Sport Coupe 2 door' that model definitely looks based on the mustang, to me anyways. Cool looking rides, but man, what a shop full of toys that kinda $$$ could get cha

    http://www.visualdesignsbynormajean....autos_ALL.html

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    Yeppers, I can see what you're talking about, Ken.
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