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Ecto-1
Ectomobile
Ectomobile.png
One of the Ectomobiles used during the filming of Ghostbusters (1984) stored in the Sony Archive.
Plot element from the Ghostbusters franchise
PublisherColumbia-Delphi Productions
Black Rhino
First appearance
Created byDan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
GenreAdventure
In-story information
TypeCar
Element of stories featuringGhostbusters
FunctionTravel
AffiliationGhostbusters

The Ectomobile is a fictional vehicle from the Ghostbusters franchise. It appears in the films Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), the remake Ghostbusters (2016), Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), in the animated television series: The Real Ghostbusters, Slimer! and Extreme Ghostbusters, and in the video games Ghostbusters: The Video Game and Beeline's Ghostbusters.

Creation and conception

Rear (original)
Rear (original)

The Ectomobile, or Ecto-1 is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinel[1] limo-style endloader combination car (ambulance conversion) used in the 1984 film Ghostbusters and other Ghostbusters fiction.[2][3] The original vehicle design was the creation of Steven Dane, credited as a Hardware Consultant in the credits.

In the original movie, Stantz pays $4800 (equivalent to $12,520 in 2021) for it and claims it needs a plethora of repairs.[4] In Stantz's own words,

"it needs suspension work and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear end... maybe new rings, also mufflers, a little wiring...."

After the necessary reconstruction, it is used to carry the Ghostbusters and their ghost-capturing equipment through New York City. Its features include a special pull-out rack utilizing the old ambulance's gurney in the rear containing the staff's proton packs. There are also various gadgets mounted on the top, whose function is never revealed in the movies. A cartoon episode features the proton cannon, presumably a more powerful version of a proton pack, mounted on top for use against extra-large or even giant-sized paranormal entities.

Earlier versions of scripts written by Aykroyd for the first Ghostbusters also includes mentions of the Ectomobile having the power of interdimensional travel. The shooting script for the movie describes the Ectomobile as being black, with purple and white strobe lights that gave the vehicle a "purple aura".

A miniature replica of the vehicle was mass-produced as a children's toy. Polar Lights released a 1/24 scale model kit of the Ecto-1 in 2002. In 2010, Hot Wheels released a "Ghostbusters Ecto-1" as part of the "2010 Hot Wheels Premiere" series.

Hot Wheels Elite released a highly detailed 1/18 diecast of the Ecto-1 in 2010 and in early 2013, they released a 1/18 Ecto-1A as seen in Ghostbusters II.[5][6]

The repaired Ectomobile is named on-screen with the license plate shown reading "Ecto-1". The word Ectomobile was only used in the song "Cleaning Up The Town" from the film's soundtrack. The filmmakers planned to have the Ecto-1 painted black, but the color of the vehicle was changed to white when it was decided a black car would be too difficult to see during night scenes. Three cars have played the vehicle in the movies; the third 1959 Miller-Meteor was purchased after the second died during shooting of Ghostbusters II. The black Miller-Meteor seen at the beginning of the first movie was leased and used only for that scene and never converted for filming, though it was later purchased by the studio and completely converted to a full Ecto-1 for touring. Both of the other Ectomobiles are currently sitting in a Sony pictures backlot, having undergone a full restoration after years of deterioration.[citation needed]

The Universal Studios "Spooktacular" stage show featured an Ectomobile replica built by a man from Tennessee.[7] The Universal Studios Ecto-1 Replica was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale Arizona on January 22, 2010, for $80,000.[8] Another replica was made by Peter Mosen and bought by George Barris. Yet another replica currently resides at Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, Illinois.[9]

History

Ghostbusters (1984)

The vehicle used for Ecto-1 was a 1959 Cadillac professional chassis, built by the Miller-Meteor company. The ambulance/hearse combination was the end loader variety. Dr. Ray Stantz found the vehicle in 1984, shortly after he mortgaged his mother's house to buy the Firehouse. Because of his mechanical skills, he was able to repair the vehicle, which he acquired for $4,800. After repairs were completed, the vehicle had quite a unique character. It became a well-recognized symbol for the Ghostbusters franchise. The vehicle had enough room in it to store Proton Packs for all of the crew, along with Ecto Goggles, P.K.E. Meters, and a slew of traps.

Ghostbusters II

After the Ghostbusters were shut down, Ecto-1 was used primarily for transport to and from appearances at such places as children's birthday parties. It fell into a state of disrepair and was seen spewing smoke, and had other various mechanical problems. Following the Ghostbusters' return to business in 1989 after capturing the Scoleri Brothers, Ecto-1 got an overhaul and was renamed Ecto-1a, although it was eventually reverted back to Ecto-1.

Before Ghostbusters: Afterlife

When his colleagues refused to believe his warnings of Gozer's potential return, Egon Spengler stole all of the team's equipment, including Ecto-1, and relocated to a farmhouse in Summerville, Oklahoma. At some point, an extendable gunner seat was added to the right rear passenger area and the corresponding door was modified to fold flat against the vehicle body, allowing a team member to fire a Proton Pack without having to lean out a window. A folding ramp was also installed in the floor to assist in deployment of the Remote Trap Vehicle (RTV), a ghost trap fitted with a radio-controlled car that can follow the Cadillac. There is also a compartment in the vehicle that can carry the RTV.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

In June 2021, Spengler's grandson Trevor found Ecto-1 on the grounds of the farm inherited by his mother Callie. The vehicle had deteriorated in storage to the point of being completely non-functional, but Trevor repaired it with help from Spengler's ghost. He, his sister Phoebe, and her friend Podcast used Ecto-1 and the RTV to capture a ghost named Muncher, but the three were arrested for the damage they caused and Ecto-1 was impounded at the Summerville County Sheriff's Department along with the RTV. The next day, amid the chaos caused by the interdimensional cross-rip and with the police preoccupied by the situation, the children recovered Ecto-1 and the RTV from the now-empty police department (freeing Muncher in the process) and drove to the Shandor Mining Company, aided by Trevor's friend Lucky Domingo. After the four captured Gozer's minion Zuul using the RTV, they drove back to the farm in order to lure Gozer into a field of ghost traps placed by Spengler and capture it with the help of the Ghostbusters; however, Gozer caught up to them at the last second and destroyed the RTV, releasing Zuul. During the confrontation with Gozer, Mini-Pufts snuck onto Ecto-1 and attempted to sabotage the vehicle's equipment, but Podcast eventually repels them with a taser. Following Gozer's defeat, Winston Zeddemore had Ecto-1 fully restored and delivered to the Ghostbusters' old firehouse.

Other versions

Throughout other Ghostbusters fiction, a number of other Ectomobiles are introduced.

References

  1. ^ "1959 Cadillac Ambulance Miller-Meteor Futura in "Ghost Busters, 1984"". IMCDb.org. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "1959 Cadillac Ambulance Miller-Meteor Futura in "Ghostbusters II, 1989"". IMCDb.org. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "1959 Cadillac Ambulance Miller-Meteor in "The Real Ghostbusters, 1986–1991"". IMCDb.org. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics Inflation Calculator". United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
  5. ^ "Hot Wheels Elite Ghostbusters 1/18 Ecto-1". Hot Wheels. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Hot Wheels Elite Ghostbusters 1/18 Ecto-1A". Hot Wheels. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  7. ^ LeBlond, Gerard (February 28, 2014). "Ghostbusters Ectomobile LEGO Replica". Daily Orbit. Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  8. ^ "Fans Start Petition To Restore Ecto-1A From Ghostbusters II". Edmunds. Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  9. ^ "Historic Auto Attractions". www.historicautoattractions.com. Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  10. ^ "The Ectos". Ecto Containment. Archived from the original on June 29, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2017.