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Where is the Ghostbusters Car, the Ectomobile, Now?

Where is the Ghostbusters Car, the Ectomobile, Now?

Ghostbusters is a timeless horror-comedy masterpiece featuring the iconic Ecto-1, one of the most memorable cars in 80s film history. The Ectomobile’s unique appearance and lived-in quality distinguish it from other iconic film vehicles. The Ecto-1 perfectly embodies the working-class essence of the ghost-hunting crew portrayed by Billy Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd.

The Ecto-1 is famous for its distinctive rear tailfins, which are the largest ever seen on a car. Despite their size, the Cadillac Miller-Meteor, which was modified into the iconic Ecto-1, was notoriously difficult to drive.

The Ecto-1 is known for its dirty white paint job, but it was originally planned to have a darker, horror-themed look. Dan Aykroyd wanted an all-black Ecto-1 with purple lights. However, it ended up with the iconic white and red color scheme. A black Ecto-1 with purple lights sounds cool, but due to many night shoots, the filmmakers chose the white version.

There Are Two Original Ghostbusters Cars

The production company acquired two 1959 Cadillacs to create the iconic Ecto-1 for the original Ghostbusters. The first became the original Ecto-1, while the second served as a prop and was later restored by Stantz. During the filming of the second Ghostbusters movie in 1989, the original Ecto-1 was destroyed, leading the crew to refurbish the second car, which became the Ecto-1A.

The Ecto-1A, similar to the original, had some upgrades. It included extra equipment on the roof, digital announcement boards on each side, an updated Ghostbusters logo on the hood and driver’s side door, and yellow and black stripes on both sides.

The Current Locations of Screen-Used Ghostbusters Cars

In 2009, Sony restored the original Ecto-1 car for the release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. It now proudly resides in front of Sony Pictures’ Ghost Corp building, alongside the 2016 Ecto-1.

Ghostbusters fans itching to get their hands on an Ecto-1 car better start digging into their Slimer piggy banks. The original Cadillac Ecto-1 may not be up for grabs, but replicas can cost you a pretty penny. Just look at what happened at the 2021 Barrett Jackson Las Vegas auction. A spooktacular Ectomobile replica went for a jaw-dropping $220,000. Who you gonna call for a loan?

Nevertheless, fans have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of the Ectomobile cars used in the Ghostbusters franchise at the Petersen Automotive Museum.