1982 Zimmer Golden Spirit
1982 Zimmer Golden Spirit -
5.0L V8 - Recaro Seats - Neo Classical Styling -
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Here's a car that is uniquely retro, featuring a luxurious interior, and a modern powerplant.
This car is the brainchild of designer Paul Zimmer, who looked to create a car with a neo-classical style but have modern features and technology. As a whole, the car is an interesting and comfortable vehicle to drive, with modern drivetrain, bodywork styled in a classical manner, and a comfortable interior with many appointments similar to styling in a 80's or 90's luxury conversion van. Although the 80's wasn't thought of as a great era for car styling - especially cars that the average American drove, the idea of a car that used classic styling and a modern drivetrain was alive even back then. Sounds similar to the current resto-mod craze.
Though there is a 5.0 under the hood, you won't be driving “with the top down so your hair can blow” the way rapper Vanilla Ice liked to drive his 5.0. In the Zimmer, the car offers a capable powerplant and air conditioning, so the only “wind” moving your neatly styled coif will be from the A/C. Even with the windows down, the flower adorned wind deflectors just ahead of the windows block any wind turbulence for comfortable windows down motoring. The Ford 5.0L V8 borrowed from the Mustang is mated to a an automatic transmission which offers smooth shifts and power delivery.
Inside the car is an interior that features fancy styling with exotic materials like wood trim and lots of leather. The seats are one of the best parts of the interior as they are genuine Recaro seats similar to what you might find in a european sports car or in a car that has been tuned by an aftermarket tuner. Truly great seats built to hold you in place when clipping apexes - not exactly what you would be doing in the Zimmer, but they are definitely comfortable. Clear gauges, a Blaupunkt stereo, vehicle warning lamps, center armrest, wood adorned center console and gauge surround, and the “Golden Spirit” logo mounted on the passenger's side dashboard are all features of the luxurious interior.
Exterior design reflects the design cues of so many of the European and American luxury cars of the '30's. Large front fenders with faux exhaust manifolds on either side, large chrome ringed headlights, chrome bumpers, running boards, contrasting vinyl top, and wire wheels are all part of the Zimmer's styling.
It's a uniquely retro, low production automobile that will whisk you along in luxury and comfort. Truly a great car for a Sunday afternoon cruise, this car exudes style and luxury, and is sure to turn some heads as you're motoring along. Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any questions. Thank you for looking.