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Best Movie Cars of All Time
Ectomobile, 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, Ghostbusters 1 and 2
The Ectomobile, or ECTO-1 and ECTO-1A, from the Bill Murray era mind you, is just as famous as the men riding inside it, maybe more so. Made from a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, it’s an end-loader ambulance/hearse combination with a 6.3-liter V-8, good for 320 horsepower. The original idea for the cruiser was more sinister, painted black with purple and white strobe lights to give it a glow. It would have been more than a pedestrian car, though, it would have had supernatural powers, mainly interdimensional travel and the ability to dematerialize. Once it was pointed out how often the car would be shot at night, the idea was nixed.
Two of the cars were initially purchased, but the final converted version was primarily used during filming. We first see the Miller-Meteor in black and without modifications, the secondary vehicle, Dan Aykroyd prescribing “some suspension work and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear end, new rings, mufflers, and a little wiring” before it can go out on calls. In New York City, sightings of the ECTO-1 during promotions after the film’s release caused car accidents.
After this, the second vehicle was converted into a fully equipped Ectomobile, garnering the name ECTO-1A. After being mistreated and left to the elements on a Sony backlot, both cars were refurbished. ECTO-1 was fixed up and used as a promotional tool for the video-game release in 2009, and ECTO-1A was resurrected after a group of dedicated fans started a petition to purchase the car from Sony, ultimately restoring it themselves.