The Ghostbusters Ecto-1 – Restoring the Classic Ghostly Clown Car

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If you were a child of the 1980s, it’s a pretty good bet that you know and love the classic Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1 vehicle.

Based on a 1959 Cadillac professional chassis built by the Miller-Meteor company, the Ecto-1 is quite possibly the most iconic movie vehicles in existence. I would say it’s second only to say, KITT from Knight Rider, which was a garbage show anyway. The trouble, is that the Ecto-1 had fallen into disrepair over the years from hard use. Parades, birthday parties, museum showings, and more, all wore the vehicle down to a shadow of its former glory. That is… until some game developers decided to step in and set things right.

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Probably for the best that the Ecto-1 was restored, it was looking a little rough. Also, I wonder what the insurance cost for this in the 1980s? I bet they didn’t have a company like Swinton car insurance back then to keep the costs low on this rust-bucket.

Resurrecting the Classic Ghostbusters Car

There’s something I want to tell you before we continue here. You see, I’m afraid I haven’t been perfectly honest about something: I don’t actually give two shits about most cars. I rarely drive, I favor public transportation, and I’m the last person on the Unfinished Man team to get excited about a vehicle, however… the Ecto-1 played a big role in my childhood play sessions, and this little mini-documentary about the Ecto-1 restoration is actually very interesting.

Play time is roughly 15 minutes, and I promise, you’re going to learn a lot about the vehicle that you didn’t know, and probably didn’t care about either.

I’ll say one thing for car enthusiasts, out of all enthusiasts, I would say they’re some of the most… enthusiastic. When I see people dumping countless hours and their hard earned money into projects like this jet turbine powered Batmobile, well… color me impressed.

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Granted, the people who cleaned up the Ghostbusters car were probably paid a pile of money to do the work, but still… it’s impressive. I promise, I’ll always strive to put that much effort into my articles here at Unfinished Man. Little known fact: I actually write everything while wearing a 3-piece suit… totally not while sitting in my underwear while glancing longingly out the window.

(Photos by Pop Culture Geek, ThePSOne)

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Comments

  1. says

    Great article, agreed with it 100%.

    FYI, the first car pictured in your post is a fan-made replica; I should know. It cost myself and the co-owner ( pictured driving it, above ) damn near six figures to build. Would we do that for any other car? Hell no. …but for a working Ecto-1? In the words of John Hammond, “spared no expense.” Also, no studio paid us to do this, it was all out of pocket. No kickstarter or handouts either. I talked to the director of Sony Hardlines back when the original was restored at CVS ( Cinema Vehicle Services ) and he said it cost them a bit over a hundred grand just to restore the original.

    • Chad says

      Awesome! So tell me, aside from the Ecto-1, are there any other replicas you’re itching to build? Perhaps say, oh… I don’t know, a V8 Interceptor?

      • says

        Who are you, and how did you get inside my head? My all time favorite car is the Mad Max MFP Interceptor Pursuit Special, the last of the V-8’s. It was one or the other, I chose the domestic. ….but yeah, if I had another $50k lying around ( ha-ha, fat chance ) I’d totally make an MFP Pursuit Special. Greatest man-car in the world. You heard me Batman, “tumble” out of the way and make room for a real car.

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