Say what you like about automotive performance in the 1970s and 1980s, but that era was responsible for the coolest Hollywood cars of all time, period. We could spend days writing articles about each of them, but today we’re focusing on everyone’s favorite ghost-fighting Cadillac. Sure we are talking about Ecto-1 – the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance of the ghost hunters movie franchise.
But wait, you say. This is not a 1959 Cadillac! In this assessment, you would be right. It is in fact a 1960 model, easily identifiable by slightly smaller fins without double bullet lighting. In fact, it’s not even an ambulance with windows. It was originally a panel hearse, and still is. Those big side windows are just black vinyl with chrome accents to mimic the shape of the glass, and you know what? Even up close, it’s a pretty convincing facsimile. Overall a fantastic build.
As such, some people might call it a tribute car instead of a replica, since it’s not faithful to the movie. The vehicle was built by Bob’s Prop Shop in Las Vegas, and as the video explains, legitimate 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulances are already hard to find. Getting rid of a full Ecto-1 outfit can cost over $ 200,000, so the ghost hunters fandom is full of tribute vehicles that faithfully honor the film. Heck, your humble author recently encountered a white Dodge Journey with all of the Ecto-1 markings and equipment on the roof. And you know what? It was the coolest Dodge Journey ever.
This 1960 hearse has been stripped down to the bare body and rebuilt pretty much from scratch. Under the hood is the original 390 cubic inch (6.4 liter) V8, good for 325 horsepower (242 kilowatts) when new. A modern alternator and cooling system help the car run, and yes, the lights and siren are as wonderfully accurate as they should be.
With Ghostbusters: the afterlife Now in theaters, Ecto-1 is back in the limelight, so don’t be surprised if you see more vehicle tributes. We all love them, but our hearts will always be with the classic Caddy.