Who Ya Gonna Call? The Ectomobile!



Who can forget the 1980s classic film series, Ghostbusters?  The film, originally released in 1984, has become an American icon.  More than 30 years later, the franchise has been rebooted and a whole new generation will gain an appreciation for proton packs and, of course, getting slimed.

The Ecto-1

Every bit as famous as the guys themselves is their car, the Ectomobile or Ecto-1. Strictly speaking, the Ecto-1 is not a funeral car at all. Instead, it is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance that the Ghostbusters inherited along with their fire station base. Nonetheless, as we have previously discussed, ambulances and hearses were largely interchangeable until the 1970s in many towns, with the undertaker often making ambulance runs for the city. Besides, since the vehicle was used in the final dispatching of the dead, or undead, the case could be made that the Ecto-1 was a funeral car of sorts.


So What Happened to the Cars?
The original Ecto-1 actually died during the filming of Ghostbusters II.  The car sputtered to its end on the Brooklyn Bridge, making headlines as it tied up traffic and resulting in a fine for the filmmakers.  For a long time, the Ecto-1a, the upgraded model from the second film, was housed at Universal Orlando, but the car eventually fell into disrepair.   In the end, both Ectomobiles were eventually restored by a group of die-hard Ghostbusters Fans.

The new Ectomobile
In the 2016 reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, the team keeps true to their roots and the new Ectomobile an old school classic.  The new team of Ghostbusters, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, answers their calls in a 1980s Cadillac Fleetwood Station Wagon decked out with the gadgets and paint from the original 1980s Ecto-1.

If you would like to create your own replica Ecto-1, as many fans have done, why not contact our convenient funeral car dealership, where we have new and used hearses for sale? We would be happy to recommend a funeral car that would make an excellent base.

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Stacy Jo
Stacy Jo is our reporter on the beat, covering everything from vintage hearses, events, etc.