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Is There Something Strange In Your Neighborhood?

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On: Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 10:09AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Is There Something Strange In Your Neighborhood?

The Ghost Busters Cadillac is one of the more popular movie vehicles featured on a variety of different top 10 Movie Car lists. Although the “Ectomobile” plays a small role in the film, it is considered the most well known medical movie car of its time. The 1959 Cadillac S & S ambulance with red tailfins, strobe lights, sirens, attached ladder, and more roof gear than a fire truck, is surely one of a kind. The drivetrain sports a 325 hp, 6.4 liter V-8 with rear wheel drive.

Many movie-based replicas have popped up over the years since the famous Ghost Busters movie released in 1984 (thanks, Wikipedia). One such Cadillac cost a whopping $83,000 to turn the old rusting 1959 model into an Ecto-1 lookalike after its owner, Chris Reynolds, found the car in Maryland in 1997. The Cadillac had spent its previous life in church parades for 20 years. The 20 ft. long, 6.5 foot wide vehicle had its roof removed when Reynolds first discovered it.

Reynolds, who is a coachbuilder by profession, decided to create a business opportunity by refurbishing the vehicle, to sell it to someone who wants to use it as a unique rental vehicle for private hire and promotional events.

According to Reynolds: "The car's ghostly presence is in stark contrast to the real life experience of bringing it back to life—and the cost of doing so! The car was about to be scrapped when I discovered it and the restoration has been a real labor of love, and hopefully it will find a worthy home."

While the exterior of the vehicle resembles the eclectic Ecto-1 from the movie, the interior has been designed to look like a luxury limousine. Powered by a 6.5-liter V8 engine, the 2.55 ton car gets a whopping 8 mpg!

The Cadillac is currently listed for sale and will be up for auction on Saturday, September 25th as part of the "Historics at Brooklands," (UK’s premiere auction house), where the vehicle is expected to go for between $96,000 and $109,000.

Other auction highlights at the Historics and Brooklands auction include a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible and a 1933 Singer Nine Le Mans.

UPDATE: The EctoMobile did NOT sell this last Saturday. Expected to go for at least 60 thousand pounds Sterling, the dramatic Caddie did not find any takers. The Singer Nine Le Mans sold, for £30,731.25. The Aston Martin DB5 went the way of the Ecto-1, not meeting its reserve.

Features of the Ecto-1 include room for three unlicensed nuclear accelerators, customized logo on the side... oh, and room to store up to a dozen ectoplasmic entities. This is a car that Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz, and Dr. Egon Spengler would surely be proud of!


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