“Ecto 1” – Ghostbuster “Ectomobile”

“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.

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2 Responses to “Ecto 1” – Ghostbuster “Ectomobile”

  1. RD says:

    Back in around 1991 I put together a replica ectomobile with a corect Miller Meteor 59 Cadillac. It went to New York and was driven around there for several years. I saw it for sale on the internet a few years ago and contected the seller. Seems he was the son of the guy that bought the car. He told me he had fun riding around the city in the Ecto-1. I have a photo of the car on the wall in my office. Wonder where the car is now.

  2. Classic!
    I hope it is alive and in working condition or at least in some collector’s garage.

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