“You ain’t afraid of no…” Ghostbusters’ Ectomobile! The 1959 Cadillac ambulance/hearse combination limo-style endloader is one of the most iconic vehicles from a movie. The original Ecto 1 was built by Miller-Meteor Company and included a 6.5 liter V8 engine. It was 20 feet long and 6.5 feet wide.
In the original Ghostbusters movie, character Ray Stantz, played by actor Dan Aykroyd, purchased the vehicle for $4800, which was very pricey for the 80’s and for the poor condition the vehicle was in. The work that he describes doing on it is as follows: suspension work, new shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, transmission, rings, muffler, rear end and steering box and a little bit of wiring. When it was complete, it had a bench large enough to fit 4 adults comfortably and room to store “proton packs, ecto goggles, P.K.E. meters” and other ghost traps.
In Ghostbusters II, there is a scene where the Ecto-1 backfires and spews smoke on the Brooklyn Bridge. This was not done with special effects; the actual vehicle was in poor shape and died on the bridge during filming. In fact, the NYPD fined the filming crew because the Ecto 1 was blocking traffic and the bridge did not have a breakdown lane at the time. The Ecto 1 then was overhauled into the Ecto 1a. The original Ecto 1-a still remains in the back lot of Universal Studios.
In September of 2010, a replica of the Ecto-1 was put up for auction at the infamous Brooklands Auction. The gentleman auctioning the classic vehicle spent over $100,000 restoring the vehicle to make it an exact replica of the movie vehicle. At this time, the vehicle has not sold.