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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2016

Have you ever wanted transportation that will really make you stand out? Not sort of stand out, like a Ferrari. Not kind of stand out, like a Polaris Slingshot. Not mostly stand out, like riding on the back of a brontosaurus as it deftly glides through a populated center.

I mean really stand out. Have you ever wanted a vehicle that will make people look at you and say, "What is that thing? And who could possibly be driving it?" If so, you've found it. That vehicle is a Zimmer.

You may have heard of a Zimmer before or even seen one on the road: They look like caricatures of old 1930s cars, with giant chrome bumpers, huge flared fenders, wire wheels and all the pomp and circumstance of the evil villain in a self-published Amazon novel. What you may not realize is that Zimmer vehicles are still in production, today, right now. The company's headquartered in New Jersey.

Although the Zimmer website is a bit vague about exactly what they're selling, it appears they produce at least a 2-door and a 4-door model, with the 2-door based on a Ford Mustang and the 4-door based on the Cadillac CTS. What they appear to do is strip away the Ford and Cadillac body work from the front end and add their own crazy body work that makes these vehicles look like nothing else in the world.

So you might be wondering, what does a rebodied Ford Mustang or Cadillac CTS cost?

The answer: a lot.

According to Zimmer, the base price of a 2016 2-door coupe -- with 435 horsepower -- is $238,700. Add $20,000 for a convertible. A 4-door sedan with 420 hp starts at $276,800, while a 4-door convertible is $296,800. If you want an R version, with 640 hp, prices start at $317,600. A Limousine model starts at $357,600. An R Limousine is an eye-popping $397,600.

That is an enormous amount of money.

Despite the huge price tags, ordering instructions are rather simple: The Zimmer website says that you merely have to "select leather or cloth seats and fabric color, and send a deposit check for 60 percent of the price." I wonder how many letters they get down at the Zimmer headquarters that say simply "black leather," accompanied by a check for $214,000.

Needless to say, I'm not sure how many people are buying the Zimmer, and I'm curious how the whole operation is going -- the address listed on the website is a residential home, and there aren't any photos of newer models -- but I know this for sure: The Zimmer is the most expensive Ford Mustang or Cadillac CTS you'll ever buy. But it's probably also the most unusual.

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