We love Halloween and ghosts here at Tingdene Lifestyle, so we thought we would take a look at the history of the Ghostbusters vehicles! Why not? With two Ghostbusters films under the franchise belt of the ghost busting team from New York, we have to cars to look at!
Right, lets go back to the beginning...
The Ecto - 1 was the vehicle that the Ghostbusters used to travel throughout New York City, busting ghosts and other entities.
The vehicle was actually a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance/Hearse. It had enough room to fit all the guys in as well as the proton packs, Ecto goggles, P.K.E meters and a slew of traps. Stephen Dane credited as a hardware consultant was the fabricator of the orginal Ectomobile.
On the 5th October 1983, Dane started working on the Ecto 1. He visited the ambulance in the backlot at Burbank studios. He took reference photos and measurements and then went home to draw up the design, including the various views, elevations, interior & exterior drawings. After the design was approved, painters and detailers set to work on the design. It was then shipped to New York.
A second Cadillac was also purchased as a backup but was never used.
In Ghostbusters Two, Ecto-1 was backfiring and spewing smoke. This was not done by special effects as the Cadillac truly was in a poor state of repair. It finally "died" on the Brooklyn Bridge. The NYPD fined the filmmakers because the Brooklyn Bridge does not have breakdown lanes and Ecto-1 was blocking traffic.
The new Ecto -1 is a Cadillac again but this time its a 1980's model Fleetwood hearse - probably something that would have been in service in the original Ghostbusters movie.