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The Ecto-1 (also known as the Ectomobile) was the vehicle that the Ghostbusters used to travel throughout New York City busting ghosts and other entities. It was relocated to Summerville, Oklahoma for over a decade, but was later returned to New York City in summer 2021.


Primary Canon History[]

Ghostbusters (1984)[]

The vehicle used for the 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.[1] 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, the 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 having other various mechanical problems. Following the Ghostbusters' return to business in 1989 after capturing the Scoleri Brothers, the Ecto-1 got an overhaul and was renamed Ecto-1a.

Before Ghostbusters: Afterlife[]

Believing that his colleagues did not believe him, Egon Spengler stole Ecto-1, his Proton Pack, all the Traps, and sixteen ounces of fuel isotope. This action proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Ghostbusters and they were forced to cease operations entirely. Egon relocated to a Farmhouse in Summerville, Oklahoma. At some point, a gunner seat[2] was added to the passenger rear.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife[]

In the summer of 2021, during his first night at the Farmhouse, Trevor explored around the property for a signal. He went inside the old collapsing barn and removed part of a tarp covering Ecto-1. The light on his phone went out, to his chagrin, and he stood in total darkness. He then made it his mission to get the car running. After work the next day, Trevor ratcheted under the hood of Ecto-1 in the barn. A headlight casing fell off. He sighed, picked it up, and walked to the driver's side. He pulled the tarp off, took one look, and called Ecto-1 a shit box. Two days later, Trevor continued working on Ecto-1. The car would not start. Trevor pleaded with Ecto-1. He failed to notice the ghost of Egon's invisible intervention. The motor roared to life. He slapped the steering wheel in triumph. Egon shoved the hood down. Trevor looked outward and drifted around in a barley field. Ecto-1 suddenly took off into the air and landed on the road. Coincidentally, he was just a few feet away from Phoebe and her friend Podcast. He drove up to them. Phoebe introduced Podcast. Trevor was surprised she had a friend. Phoebe was surprised he had a car. Trevor clarified it was a Cadillac. Podcast stated they needed a ride into town and asked if he knew how to drive. Phoebe quickly answered he failed his driver's test three times. Trevor told them to get in the back.

Eventually, they drove up on Muncher eating a fire hydrant. Trevor braked to a stop and was shocked to see a ghost then asked what they should do. Podcast wanted to get him. Podcast inadvertently triggered the gunner seat and Phoebe was moved outside the car. Muncher heard the noise made by the gunner seat, turned around, stared at them, unscrewed the water cap off the hydrant, roared, and took off as the stream of water gushed out. Ecto-1 passed through the stream of water. Phoebe fired at Muncher but she nailed the Empress Theatre sign instead. Eventually, Muncher paused, turned, and spat metal projectiles out of his mouth at Ecto-1. Trevor screamed and swerved. Phoebe lost control of her Particle Thrower and shot some news stands and a store front. After Ecto-1 turned a corner, Phoebe once again wrangled Muncher. Podcast deployed the Remote Trap Vehicle down a ramp compartment in the rear. He just about to trap Muncher but they were about to drive head on into a truck. They screamed and Trevor swerved around then dodged traffic. Phoebe lost Muncher and shot the Spinners Roller Hop sign. Muncher flew out of town and headed towards a mountain on the Shandor Mining Company property. Phoebe, Podcast, and Trevor caught up to him on the gravel road. Phoebe and Podcast successfully trapped him just before they reached the bridge to the Shandor Mining Company. Trevor screamed. Phoebe barely got the gunner seat back inside in time before impact. The side of the exposed door scraped along the bridge, then properly closed after they cleared the bridge. Everyone screamed. Ecto-1 slid into a stop and kicked up a gravel cloud. Trevor got out and high fived Phoebe. On the drive back home, Sheriff Domingo pulled them over. Trevor panicked and thought they were screwed. Podcast suggested they fight. Trevor told them to open the glove box. There was an unopened Twinkie on top of the papers. Domingo tapped on the driver side window and asked Trevor for his license and registration. They were arrested for driving without a license, an expired registration, speeding, and destroying most of Main Street.[3] Ecto-1 was impounded at the Summerville County Sheriff's Department.

The next day, amid the chaos caused by the interdimensional cross-rip, Phoebe, Podcast, and Trevor returned to the sheriff's department along with Lucky Domingo to recover Ecto-1 and the confiscated equipment. Trevor and Lucky found Ecto-1 up on a hydraulic lift. Phoebe pushed the equipment on a cart to the rear of Ecto-1. Trevor handed the equipment to Podcast inside. In Ecto-1, Trevor drove Phoebe and Podcast to the Shandor Mining Company. Once Zuul was trapped, Trevor started up Ecto-1 and the sirens turned on. It slid in with its rear facing the stair of the Temple of Gozer. Podcast and Phoebe headed into the rear with Callie Spengler. Phoebe closed the door and Ecto-1 took off. The Remote Trap Vehicle followed close behind. Callie came to and asked what was going on. Phoebe told her it was okay. Podcast informed her she was possessed. Phoebe added she turned into a dog. Podcast added she got kind of "humpy." Callie was only getting more lost. Trevor yelled out for everyone to hold on. They turned at Spinners. Podcast lowered the hatch for the Remote Trap Vehicle. Callie remembered finding the Farmhouse's underground laboratory. Phoebe cut her off and told her she knew about it. Callie recalled seeing computers and equipment. Podcast thought the place was insane. Callie agreed and revealed she sussed out Egon had a plan. Phoebe informed her they were aware. Callie remembered seeing all the photographs of her and realizing Egon was tracking her entire life. Podcast found that rewarding. Phoebe thought it was super but Trevor pointed out they were in the middle of trying to save the world. Callie wanted in.

Vinz Clortho made a move for the Remote Trap Vehicle but missed. Podcast steered it to the sidewalk. Callie asked what that was. Trevor replied that was her boyfriend Gary. She took issue with "boyfriend." Vinz chased the Remote Trap Vehicle onto the sidewalk. He rammed into benches, tables, chairs, and newsstands before stumbling and tripping. Phoebe told her the Gatekeeper was in the Trap and her reunited with the Keymaster was bad. Callie was not catching on. Phoebe put a pin in it, pulled the lever, and moved outside on the gunner chair then she blasted Vinz. Vinz yelped. Phoebe returned inside. Callie was shocked. Phoebe stated she was a scientist. The Remote Trap Vehicle reached the ramp but faltered then finally entered the car. Phoebe continued explaining the plan to Callie. Ecto-1 plowed through some of the Revelation 3:16 signs. They all screamed.

Ecto-1 came to a stop by the Trap Field. Phoebe exited out of the rear with the Trap holding Zuul. Callie came out next and stared upwards at the Psychokinetic Atmospheric Influence now above the Farmhouse. Trevor looked up at it, too. He got into the back of Ecto-1 with Podcast. Gozer, in a disembodied form arrived soon after. Trevor was supposed to join Lucky in blasting Gozer but the gunner seat thrower failed to fire. Mini-Pufts were on the back of the gunner seat disabling the pack as well as the machines inside Ecto-1. Podcast saw one on his left cuff and screamed. Ray, Peter, and Winston arrived and battled Gozer. Gozer grabbed their streams and whipped them. The momentum lifted them off their feets and they hit the side and front of Ecto-1. Ray groaned he did not remember the job being so painful. Winston disagreed. Podcast picked up the P.K.E. Meter and tasered a Mini-Puft apart. The other Mini-Pufts got scared and tried to run away. Podcast kept up his assault then a machine turned back on. Podcast declared they were back on. Trevor fired at the capacitor silos powering the Trap Field and Gozer, Vinz, Zuul, the P.K.E. wisps flying around, and the Psychokinetic atmospheric influence were captured. Podcast stepped out of Ecto-1 covered in marshmallow residue. Winston touched the hood of Ecto-1 in dismay. He promised to take her home and get her all cleaned up. Several nights later, Ecto-1 drove across the Brooklyn Bridge into New York City. Winston purchased the Firehouse from Starbucks and walked around inside. The front doors opened and he motioned the driver in. He placed a hand on the hood.

Ghostbusters: Back in Town[]

In 2023, a Green Slime Ghost ripped a fire pole from its post in the Firehouse garage bay and threw it at the Spenglers and Gary Grooberson. Trevor and Phoebe blasted the pole. The pole landed on Ecto-1 and damaged its light bar.

Before Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire[]

Winston got Ecto-1 cleaned up but it still suffered mechanical issues from time to time. The red stripe was taken all the way up to the hood. The piping on the side of Ecto-1 was changed from a blue model to silver one. A dome was added to the roof rack to house the Drone Trap. To accommodate for the dome housing, the Half-Dome Directional Dish was removed and the modified Texas Instruments Cross-Section Sensitivity Unit and T.U. Antenna were moved back on the rack.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire[]

During the Sewer Dragon chase in the summer of 2024, Gary drove and noticed the car was running hot. They drove past the Cole Haan on Fifth Avenue and observed a manhole being launched in the air and landing in the street. Phoebe told an uninterested and nauseous Trevor a joke about a photon checking into a hotel and the bellhop asked if it needed help with its luggage. Gary ran a red light but avoided a collision. Phoebe revealed the punchline and said the photon said, "No thanks, I'm traveling light." Gary laughed. Trevor asked for some air but it was out. The lights and siren died. Trevor reminded everyone he was 18 and an adult then griped about not being paid to be a Ghostbuster. Phoebe was not as well. Trevor felt a little exploited. Gary suggested they were paid with memories. Trevor checked the electrical connections and got zapped but the lights and siren came back on. Callie told him he would be fine.

To make matters worse, Trevor was unable to crank his window. Phoebe offered to use the gunner chair. Callie and Gary forbade Phoebe from going outside. The Sewer Dragon emerged, weaved through traffic, and flew head-on towards Ecto-1. It flew past the driver's side of Ecto-1, rubbing against the body. Two cars crashed at an intersection. Gary pulled a U-turn in front of the Five Points Academy and chased after the Sewer Dragon. Phoebe wanted to go out before they lost the ghost. Callie said her name with emphasis. Phoebe referred to her as "Callie." Callie reminded her she was "Mom." She declared she had a ghost to bust and activated the gunner chair. Gary thought that was so cool but Callie chided him. Callie yelled at Phoebe to get back inside Ecto-1 but she pretended she couldn't hear her over the sound of the nuclear accelerator and fired at the ghost. She snagged the tail but it continued to fly and the stream caused property damage to buildings and signs.

The Sewer Dragon turned left onto E 18th Street just before a Banana Republic. Trevor deployed and operated the Remote Trap Vehicle but the Sewer Dragon flew out of range. Callie deployed the Drone Trap. The Dragon doubled back around a building and tried to eat the drone but Callie flew it higher. The Dragon followed and was trapped near City Hall Park. Gary had to go into the wrong lane. Phoebe narrowly avoided a vehicle and got back into Ecto-1 just in time. Gary turned right and plowed through a fleet of rental bicycles. The Drone Trap landed near them as civilians gathered around Ecto-1 and took pictures and video with their phones. NY1 News reported in the incident at 11:02 am. After Phoebe was benched, Gary, Callie, and Trevor continued to go out on calls. On one call, they drove past Ray's Occult Books. On another call, they headed downtown.

When Gary and Callie came to get Phoebe from the Paranormal Research Center, several Mini-Pufts being studied there escaped the Puft Terrarium and stowed away in Ecto-1. During the siege on the Firehouse, Possessor possessed Ecto-1 and tried to reverse into Peter, Winston, Ray, and Janine. It crashed into the table all the ghostbusting equipment was on. Towards the end of the siege, Podcast deployed the Drone Trap from inside Ecto-1 but the Mini-Pufts jumped him. In the aftermath, Trevor was elected to drive and the Spenglers took off after Sewer Dragon and Slimer.

Secondary Canon History[]

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Realistic Versions[]

A further updated version of the Ecto-1 appears in during the Thanksgiving 1991 weekend, Ecto-1b. This version is similar to the Ecto-1a, but adds a Super Slammer Muon Trap on the roof which enables it to capture smaller ghosts much more quickly than the portable versions, as well as adding the possibility of capturing much larger ghosts.

IDW Comics[]

In 1989, after Peter, Ray, and Egon were arrested on First Avenue, nearly all the equipment on Ecto-1 was stripped and confiscated by the police. Winston drove it to their trial at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse and parked out front. When a third ghost, Mama Scoleri, manifested, Winston searched Ecto-1 for anything he could use. He found one Trap and captured her.

After Fred's crew of Poltergeists killed Egon, Ray, and Winston, Fred stashed the bodies in Ecto-1. Fred then drove Ecto-1 off into the East River. It appears the Angels later hoisted Ecto from the river in the least.

While traversing Janine's memories, Roger Baugh and Egon stumbled on Janine's interview with Peter in the Firehouse, circa 1984. Behind her was the Ecto-1, before Ray finished upgrading it. After the Tiamat incident, the Ecto was changed back to the original Ecto-1 version. Peter and Winston drove Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo to Chinatown in Ecto-1 after descriptions of an entity on a rampage matched that of Chi-You. Michelangelo was happy to man the siren. During the final battle against Chi-You in the Firehouse, Ecto-1's hood was dented by his thralls.

Ecto-1 buckled under weight of Proteus as the god stood atop it, anticipating the capture of Ghostbusters he had sought out. Janine drove the Ecto-1 and took Peter, Ray, and Winston to the Teterboro Airport where they took a private jet to Italy for their first case under contract with Erland Vinter. On a Friday, at 3 pm, weeks from Halloween, Winston tried to perform some maintenance on Ecto-1 in the garage bay while Ron Alexander went on and on about his grievances against Egon and Ray.

During a full moon, the Ghostbusters chased a ghost all over Brooklyn. It attacked Ecto-1 outside Prospect Park. The Ghostbusters exited Ecto-1 with their gear and climbed out of the sinkhole. Ray sighed at Ecto-1's predicament. Egon wiped his glasses and told Ray it wasn't a loss since they could have it hoisted and make improvements. Peter reminded everyone they had a ghost to blast first. They went into the park in search of it. Ectronymous Diamatron happened to see the Ecto-1 and had the Sky Spy scan it to add it as his vehicle form. He believed he would blend in perfectly then attempted to track down the Cybertronian signal he was tasked with investigating. The Ghostbusters returned and were perplexed with the presence of two Ecto-1 cars. Ray checked and confirmed it was still in the sinkhole. Ectronymous transformed into his robot form and revealed himself to the Ghostbusters after they trapped Starscream. Ecto-1 was stored in the Warehouse in the meantime.

Secondary Canon (Expanded Universe) History[]

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Stylized Versions[]

The Ecto-1 makes only brief appearances in the Stylized Version. It should be noted that the Stylized Version game uses the old name Ecto-1 and not the Ecto-1b like in the Realistic Versions.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Stylized Portable Version[]

The Ecto-1 is drive-able in Stylized Portable Version. Like the standard Stylized Version, it is referred to as the Ecto-1 and not the Ecto-1b.

Upgrades are offered to research in Egon's Lab in the Firehouse.


Engine Tuning Blueprint

Engine Tuning

  • Ability: Increases the Ecto-1's maximum speed.
  • Research Cost: money cost: $750, slime cost: 38
    • Research Duration: 4 days

Body Reinforcement Blueprint

Body Reinforcement

  • Ability: Reduces collision damage to the Ecto-1 by 10%.
  • Research Cost: money cost: $1000, slime cost: 375
    • Research Duration: 4 days

Proton Acceleration Cannon Blueprint

Proton Acceleration Cannon

  • Ability: Increases the Ecto-1's proton cannon effectiveness by 20%.
  • Research Cost: money cost: $1250, slime cost: 300
    • Research Duration: 4 days

Engine Turbocharge Blueprint

Engine Turbocharge

  • Ability: Increases the Ecto-1's maximum speed even more.
  • Research Cost: money cost: $2000, slime cost: 150
    • Research Duration: 8 days

Alloy Shell Blueprint

Alloy Shell

  • Ability: Reduces collision damage to the Ecto-1 by another 15%.
  • Research Cost: money cost: $1500, slime cost: 750
    • Research Duration: 4 days

Megawatt Proton Cannon Blueprint

Megawatt Proton Cannon

  • Ability: Increases the Ecto-1's proton cannon effectiveness by another 20%.
  • Research Cost: money cost: $2000, slime cost: 600
    • Research Duration: 4 days

Tertiary Canon History[]

The Ecto-1 was modified during much of the The Real Ghostbusters's run. These modifications included adding weapons, a blowup raft device, and more. For more about the changes go here.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game[]

During a paranormal incursion incited by Idulnas, the Ecto-1 was outfitted with a Dimensionometer to banish captured spirits directly to the Spirit World.



After purchasing the vehicle in used condition, Ray had to make repairs on the following parts of the car:[4][5]

  • Suspension work
  • Shocks
  • Brakes
  • Brake pads
  • Lining
  • Steering box
  • Transmission
  • Rear end
  • New rings
  • Mufflers
  • (a little) wiring

Roof Rack[]

Dr. Egon Spengler miniaturized ghostbusting technology for mobile purposes and they were mounted on the roof rack of Ecto-1.[6]

  • Muon Scrubbers[7]
  • Radio GPS Locator[8]
  • High Intensity Microfoams
  • EMF Scrubbers
  • Drone Trap Dome

Gunner Seat[]

The passenger rear seat later became a gunner seat. Pushing a lever down would move the door open and against the exterior then the gunner seat extends out. The person on the seat would then have a Proton Pack to use.


Ghostbusters (1984) Development[]

Dan Aykroyd's original Ecto-1 was an all-black, rather sinister-looking machine with flashing white and purple strobe lights that gave it a strange, ultraviolet aura. While going through the script, the cinematographer László Kovács was the first who pointed out the black design would be a problem since part of the movie would be shot at night.[9][10] It had some extranormal powers, such as the ability to dematerialize.[11] One use of it would be to elude police pursuit.[12] In drafts of the first movie, Ecto-1 was originally different models. In the July 6, 1983 draft, it was to be a blue and white 1975 Cadillac Full Formal Excelsior Ambulance bought for only $600 but by the time the September 30, 1983 draft was written, the price had escalated to $1400 for an even older 1959 model, "very long, gold 1959 Cadillac ambulance." During filming, inflation increased the cost to $4800.[13] It was ultimately decided that Ecto-1, and later Ecto-1a, would be a Miller-Meteor Futura Ambulance/Hearse Combination mounted on a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Professional Chassis.

The black and gray 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Futura purchased by Ray in the movie was originally an ambulance used by the Bellwoods Rescue Squad No. 486 in Bellwood, Illonois, a suburb of Chicago, between 1968 and 1981. The exterior was red and white and the interior vinyl was baby blue. A young 20-something year old paramedic named Roger, who worked for a private ambulance company in Chicago, saw the Cadillac in November-December 1982 in the South Side with "59 Cadillac, Make Offer" written on the windshield with shoe polish. A few days later, he bought it and his father helped him retrieve it. In September 1983, the EMT company where he worked at was contacted by a representative of Columbia. They were looking for a '59 Miller Meteor as the "before car" for a movie. Roger rented it to them for four months. The deal was that it would be transported to Los Angeles in October for the filming. However, it was first trucked to New York City for the exterior shoot outside Hook & Ladder Company #8 at 18 North Moore Street when Peter exclaims, "You can't park that here!" Roger was able to make the trip to New York City in October 1983 using some of the rental money to see the filming. The license plate was "2785-FEM". He was surprised to see his car painted black and gray. That was not part of the deal, but Columbia gave him a second payment to cover the price of painting it back the way it had been. It was then transported to Los Angeles for the interior shoot of Dana's first entrance into the Firehouse. A total of 94 miles was added to its odometer.

A hospital in Riverside, California contacted Frank Corrente's Cadillac Corner in West Hollywood about selling a 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Futura ambulance in gold that was still in driving condition. Mr. Corrente agreed to purchase it and the Cadillac was driven from Riverside to West Hollywood. At some point in 1983, the Ghostbusters production team purchased the 1959 Cadillac from Cadillac Corner.[14] Corrente sold the ambulance in part because his employees drove it around Hollywood with the siren on and local police received noise complaints from places such as a retirement home.[15] [Note 1] The car bought from Cadillac Corner became the primary Ecto-1 hero car used in the movie. Work on the Ecto-1 hero car started in October 1983. Stephen Dane, credited as a Hardware Consultant,[16] was the fabricator of the original Ecto-1.[17] On October 5, 1983, Dane started working on Ecto-1. He visited the primary ambulance in the back lot at The Burbank Studios. He took reference photos and measurements then went home. Dane drew up isometrics of Ecto-1 and its roof rack and various views and elevations of the exterior and interior. Dane spent the longest amount of time in his gig working on the Ecto-1 design. After Ivan Reitman approved Dane's design, studio painters and prop makers at The Burbank Studios Mill went to work on paint and detailing. Dane oversaw construction and directed them on building the car based off his designs. After about two weeks, the paint job and details were blocked out. The prop makers also repaired the ambulance to driving condition, cleaned the interior, and installed equipment. The car was too big to be shipped by air. It was sent by railroad to New York.[18] By the time it shipped on October 19, the ambulance was about half-done. Dane bought parts for the roof rack. Once it was done, it was shipped by airplane to New York where it was attached to Ecto-1. It took around four to five days for everything to ship from Hollywood to Manhattan. The finished Ecto-1 wasn't an exact duplicate of Dane's designs. Dane originally drew the Proton Packs to lay sideways on Ecto-1's gurney but the prop makes changed that so the packs were upright at a slight angle. Some parts on the roof rack changed position from the design. They were on top of each other or faced in a different direction. After one to two days of finishing touches, Ecto-1 was ready for filming.[19]

Ecto-1 broke down in Central Park. They were blocking the crosstown traffic so the cast and crew pushed it out of the way.[20] After principal photography moved to Los Angeles, the second unit continued doing a couple of shots in New York with Ecto-1 and it broke down.[21] Ecto-1 died during filming of the Chapter 20 "Keymaster" scene where Ray and Winston drove across the Manhattan Bridge.[22] The black and gray Cadillac was returned to Roger in February 1984 with some damage to the rear end as if it had been backed into a wall. A hand-made logo was put on the door then Roger and his then-girlfriend Annette took the car to a drive-in for opening night of the movie in Wheeling, Illinois on June 15, 1984. A few years later, in 1988, Roger sold it to a downstate Illinois paramedic and car collector named Ed. Before the release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009, the original Ecto-1 was now rusty and literally falling apart. It was fully restored to promote the game. Dan Aykroyd was shocked at the high quality of the restoration. Around 2012, the black and gray Cadillac was sold to a private car collection in Illinois.

Ghostbusters II Development[]

Ecto-1 was backfiring and spewing smoke. This was not done by special effects as the Cadillac truly was in a poor state of repair. It finally "died" on the Brooklyn Bridge. The New York Police Department fined the filmmakers because the Brooklyn Bridge lacked breakdown lanes and Ecto-1 was blocking traffic.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Development[]

Three Ecto-1s were used in the movie. Ghostlight Industries, based in Los Angeles, were commissioned to build the three cars.[23] Ghostlight had less than three months to build them.[24] The crew went frame by frame of the 1984 movie and logged all the details of Ecto-1. The original license plate was scanned and replicated. The ladder was moved to the other side of Ecto-1 to compensate for the addition of the gunner seat.[25] The Ecto-1a that Sony had in a storage container was one of the cars used to build Ecto-1.[26] While the two Ecto-1 hero cars were 1959 Cadillac models, the third Ecto-1 was sliced into sections for filming certain scenes and was a 1961 donated by a Ghostbusters fans.[27] Some of the moldings for the Ecto-1 built for Ghostbusters: Afterlife were recreated with 3D printings or fiber glass parts that were chromed when the original could not be sourced.[28]

The initial idea for the gunner seat was to just bolt on a regular Proton Pack.[29] The gunner seat's Particle Thrower was designed by Kirsten Franson then built by The Hand Prop Room.[30] Early concepts for the Remote Trap Vehicle's deployment in Ecto-1 included a swing out arm and a rotating turret door.[31][32] For the No-Ghost logo on the Ecto-1s for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Francois Audouy recreated vinyl replicas of the logo then he integrated specific cracked patterns to simulate aging.[33]

During the testing phase, one of the Ecto-1 cars was driven by the stunt driver in a parking lot. He tried to take it into a sideways skid and the wheels fell off. It was sent back to Los Angeles for an upgraded suspension and Ford Mustang axles.[34][35] The suspension was designed and built specifically built for the cars. They also had General Motors LS3 crate engines with 550 horsepower.[36]


Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia[]

  • In the August 5, 1983 draft of the first movie, on page 65, a Motor Trend cover hails Ecto-1 as "Car of the Year."[37]
  • There had been 3 Miller-Meteor Ambulances to portray the 2 vehicles in the first two movies, the pre-Ecto-1 which was never transformed, Ecto-1 which was originally a gold ambulance and Ecto-1a.
  • Dan Aykroyd drove the Ecto-1 in New York.[38]
  • $4800 was a rather large sum at the time for a used vehicle in such disrepair - but is comparable to about $10,686.44 in 2012 dollars.[39]
  • A second Cadillac was bought in case of any maintenance problems during filming of the first movie but only the primary was fully converted. The secondary was used solely for early "premodification" scenes.[40]
  • Sound designer Richard Beggs incorporated a modified leopard snarl for the siren sound. The snarl was reversed, played backwards, and then its speed was changed.[41][42]
  • Ecto-1 was promoting the 1984 film shortly after it was released in theaters. It drove around New York City with one of the Ghostbusters driving it in costume. Ecto-1 caused many accidents because other drivers lost control when they spotted the now-famous car. [citation needed]
  • In a deleted scene of the first movie, there was encounter between a policeman and the Ecto-1. It was the only scene in the final shooting script that suggested the vehicle had some extranormal powers carried over from Aykroyd's initial draft. It was removed because it slowed down the montage.[43] Ivan Reitman also felt it was asking too much from the audience.[44]
  • At around the 44:29 mark of the Preview Cut, included first in the 2022 Ghostbusters Ultimate Edition, Ecto-1 drives by a bicyclist. At around the 45:39 mark, Egon fixes the roof rack on Ecto-1. At around 46:02, they check under the hood of Ecto-1 while in the city.
  • The scene where Ray and Winston are in Ecto-1 talking about end of the world was used to audition actors for the role of Winston.[45]
  • In the final shot of Ecto-1 driving way in the first movie, a 65mm camera was used. They could only do one take because they were losing daylight.[46]

Ghostbusters II Trivia[]

  • In the Ghostbusters II November 27, 1988 draft:
    • On page 7, Ecto-1 won't start after the party.
    • On page 8, Ecto-1 finally starts but dies. Ray bangs his head on the steering wheel.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trivia[]

  • The antennas on top of the Farmhouse is a nod to the equipment on Ecto-1's roof rack.[47]
  • Since the movie was shot out of order, the art department, paint department and the assistant directors had to identify Ecto-1 by four stages: under the tarp, after the tarp is off, after driving through the field, and after being splashed by the hydrant. The Ecto-1 wasn't simply covered in dust for earlier scenes, the crew had to do it in paint so that it stayed on.[48][49]
  • "Boredom" plays during the scene when Trevor first gets Ecto-1 started and drives through the barley fields.
  • One of the first ideas that came to Jason Reitman for Ecto-1 was wheat drifting.[50]
  • The cast and crew spent a whole afternoon doing doughnuts with Ecto-1 in the barley field. The Ecto-1 used had the smell of toasted barley on it afterwards.[51]
  • A CG version of Ecto-1 was used when it drove through the barley field.[52]
  • A truck with the same wheelbase as the Cadillac stood in for Ecto-1 for the jump scene. It was fitted with the same tires as Ecto-1.[53]
  • Jeff Senca was the stunt driver for the Ecto-1 jump scene.[54]
  • For Ecto-1 jump scene, the car's speed was in the 35 to 40 mph range then it went 55 feet from take off to landing.[55]
  • For Ecto-1 jump scene, five cameras were placed at multiple angles.[56]
  • For Ecto-1 jump scene, the stunt truck landed on the stunt camera but the footage survived.[57]
  • Phoebe reveals Trevor failed his driver's test three times. In real life, Finn Wolfhard has failed twice and didn't have a license during filming.
  • Ashley from the Alberta Ghostbusters designed a neutrona wand box that was ultimately unused. It ended up in her home. James from the Alberta Ghostbusters modeled some of the parts for Ecto-1.[58]
  • The Proton Pack for the gunner seat was made by cutting up a foam stunt pack prop with a hack saw[59]
  • At one point, the Particle Thrower for the gunner seat was going to be white and plastic.[60]'
  • The Particle Thrower for the Ecto-1's gunner seat is shorter and lacks a barrel extension mechanism. It took inspiration from military vehicle weapons having a shorter barrel so troops could get in and out fast. The thrower was named the "snub nose."[61]
  • The cage for the gunner seat was plastic or wood cut using a Glowforge.[62]
  • The grain elevator Ecto-1 passes by was filmed in Dorothy, Alberta, Canada. There is an old grain elevator at Highway 570 near 1st Street.
  • One of the pieces on the bumper of the Proton Pack prop on the gunner seat kept falling off. In the 20 to 30 takes, Ben Eadie had to re-glue the piece back on each time.[63]
  • The Hero Ecto-1 used for stunt driving in Afterlife went through a couple suspensions just because of the extra weight from the roof equipment.[64]
  • Filming of the Muncher chase was seen at the corner of Railway Street and Nanton Avenue in Crossfield, Alberta, Canada in August 2019.
  • When Trevor, Podcast, and Phoebe, in Ecto-1, find Muncher eating a hydrant, that was filmed in front of Queens Hotel in Fort MacLeod.
  • The Gunner seat reveal was filmed in Fort MacLeod, on the corner of Second Avenue and 24th Street.
  • The Kenner Ecto-1 toy featured a similar blaster chair but it was on the roof.
  • Some of the shots of Phoebe on the gunner seat were filmed against greenscreen and composited in later. If a scene involved using a second unit and stunt double, the visual effects team did a face replacement with Mckenna Grace's.[65]
  • In pursuit of Muncher in Ecto-1, they turn off 2 Avenue onto 24th Street then past the Empress Theatre at 235 24th Street, Fort MacLeod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, Canada.
  • After being pulled over by the Sheriff's Department, a Twinkie is seen in the Ecto-1's glove box.
  • The police garage Ecto-1 exits out of was filmed at Crossfield Automotive next to where the sheriff's office was filmed.
  • The shot of the garage door rising up mirrors when the Ecto-1 drove out of the Firehouse to head to the Sedgewick Hotel in the first movie, Chapter 11: "We Got One!"
  • After leaving the sheriff's office, Ecto-1 turns and passes by a Stay Puft Marshmallows mural on the side of a building. This was filmed on Railway Street in Crossfield.
  • The shot of Ecto-1 turning past the Stay Puft Marshmallows sign was a recreation of the shot of Ecto-1 leaving the Firehouse after the Ghostbusters got their first call, seen in Chapter 11: "We Got One!"[66]
  • Podcast emerges from Ecto-1 covered in marshmallow residue much like three of the Ghostbusters at the end of the first movie, Chapter 28: Crossing Streams.
  • The end tag was seen being filmed on August 11, 2021 at the Los Angeles firehouse used in the original two movies. The Ecto-1 and Containment Unit were seen.[67]

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Trivia[]

  • Prop modeller Nico Monterosso made new dashboard, glove box door, and air vent pieces but it was not seen in the movie itself.[68]
  • The Sewer Dragon chase was a combination of second unit filming with stunt actors in New York City in June 2023 and the principal cast filming in Ecto-1 on hydraulic lifts in front of green screen at Winnersh Film Studio in the United Kingdom.[69]

IDW Comics Trivia[]

Ghostbusters: The Board Game Trivia[]

Tertiary Canon Trivia[]

  • The Ghostbusters: Ectomobile book, and later the Ghostbusters app released during promotion of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, list several devices on the roof rack and their function:
    • The Modified Cross-Section Sensitivity Unit filters and sorts P.K.E. data to pinpoint the location of paranormal activity with maximum accuracy.
    • The T.U. Antenna detects P.K.E. levels at high frequencies through red tube "nostrils," which earned its nickname "The Sniffer."
    • The Half-Dome Directional Dish monitors and records potential sources of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP).
    • The Modified Marine Radome Antenna emits a sonar-like sweep to detect and locate spectral particles while measuring P.K.E. levels.
  • On page 20 of Egon's Journal, a supplement of the Hasbro Haslab Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Proton Pack, Egon considered putting the gunner chair on the roof but deemed it unsafe.

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  1. According a phone call conducted between Ghostbusters Wiki administrator Mrmichaelt and Frank Corrente on June 30, 2023, Mr. Corrente got a call from a job site in Riverside about a hospital who wanted to sell him a gold 1959 Cadillac ambulance and it was driven from Riverside to the Cadillac Corner in West Hollywood. Mr. Corrente also recalled when his employees drove the car around, the police would notify him of noise complaints from a retirement home.


  1. Ray Stantz (2005). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 20:46). Columbia Pictures. Ray says: "Only 4800."
  2. Podcast (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 10 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 58:30-58:31). Sony Pictures. Podcast says: "It has a gunner seat?"
  3. Sheriff Domingo (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 11 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:08:17-01:08:21). Sony Pictures. Sheriff Domingo says: "Driving without a license. Expired registration. Speeding."
  4. Ray Stantz (2005). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 20:36-45). Columbia Pictures. Ray says: "Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks... and brakes, brake pads, linings, steering box, transmission, rear end."
  5. Ray Stantz (2005). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 20:46-20:49). Columbia Pictures. Ray says: "Only 4800. Maybe new rings, also mufflers, a little wiring."
  6. Dan Aykroyd (2009). 2009 Remaster of Ghostbusters, Ecto-1: Restoring the Classic Car (2009) (Blu-Ray ts. 11:36-11:41). Columbia Pictures. Dan Aykroyd says: "Dr. Spengler had to miniaturize this for--for mobile purposes."
  7. Dan Aykroyd (2009). 2009 Remaster of Ghostbusters, Ecto-1: Restoring the Classic Car (2009) (Blu-Ray ts. 11:17-11:20). Columbia Pictures. Dan Aykroyd says: "Those are Muon Scrubbers up there."
  8. Dan Aykroyd (2009). 2009 Remaster of Ghostbusters, Ecto-1: Restoring the Classic Car (2009) (Blu-Ray ts. 11:26-11:35). Columbia Pictures. Dan Aykroyd says: "There's radio GPS Locator, there's high intensity microfoams, EMF scrubbers, it was all related to the hardware needed to go out and do what we had to do."
  9. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 67 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Dan Aykroyd's original Ectomobile was an all-black rather sinister-looking machine with flashing white and purple strobe lights that gave it a strange, ultraviolet aura. Though kept essentially intact through all the drafts, the vehicle concept -- suggesting a hearse rather more than an ambulance -- was clearly more in keeping with the darker tone of Aykroyd's first draft than with the lighter ones that followed it. It was cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, however, who first pointed out a serious problem with it."
  10. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 67 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck recounts: "The Ectomobile would have been nothing more than a couple of headlights driving through the streets. So, keeping that in mind, we decided we'd better go with a white ambulance trimmed in red."
  11. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 67 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Harold Ramis recounts: "Dan's script was set in the near future and there was much more fantasy in it. In that script, the Ectomobile was able to dematerialize. When we anchored the script more in reality and set the time in the present, that concept had to go. Besides, it's funnier so see them in an old ambulance that barely runs."
  12. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 95 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Harold Ramis recounts: "The encounter between the policeman and the Ectomobile is the only scene in the final shooting script which suggested that the vehicle itself had some extranormal powers -- a carryover from Dan Aykroyd's initial draft in which the Ectomobile was equipped with an advanced dematerializing capability that allowed its operators, functioning somewhat outside the law, to readily elude police pursuit."
  13. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 50 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "In all previous drafts -- including Aykroyd's -- the basic vehicle from which the 'Ectomobile' would evolve was specified to be a 1975 Cadillac ambulance, secured for a bargain basement price of only $600. By the time the final script was written, the price had escalated to $1400 -- for an even older 1959 model. During filming, inflation struck once more, and the pricetag was upped to $4800."
  14. Frank Corrente Cadillac Corner facebook 3/17/2017
  15. Frank Corrente Cadillac Corner facebook 11/23/2021 Paragraph reads: "Who you going to call... Frank Corrente. In 1984 there was only one place in Hollywood to buy a unique classic or exoctic vehicle and everyone knew to go see Frank Corrente Cadillac Corner. So yes Columbia Pictures found the perfect 1959 Cadillac Ambulance at Frank’s for their first Ghostbuster movie. Who knew in 2021, we would see it features again in the new movie Ghostbusters afterlife. Oh yes we all know Frank should have leased it to them but he sold it as his guys would drive it around Hollywood with the siren on and he was happy to get rid of the aggravation. Do you rememember Johnny, he worked for Frank and he was the first to be in the Ghostbuster ambulance. I am sure you all have a few cars you regret selling."
  16. Ghostbusters Credits
  17. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 66. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Working with a basic 1959 Cadillac ambulance, hardware consultant Steven Dane designed and modified the final vehicle."
  18. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 41. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Stephen Dane says: "We did the paint and application, but we couldn't ship it on an airplane because it was too big. It got shipped by railroad instead. The roof rack we built separately and that got put on an airplane. There was probably at least four or five days where the vehicle was in transit between Hollywood and Manhattan."
  19. "Beyond the Marquee: The Web-Series (Episode 70) – The GHOSTBUSTERS Ecto-1 Car and Designer Stephen Dane" 9/18/14
  20. Ernie Hudson (2009). Ghostbusters- Slimer Mode (2009) (Blu-Ray ts. 29:21-29:33). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ernie Hudson says: "I mean, I remember we were in Central Park, you know, the little crosstown traffic that goes through and we held traffic up when the car broke down. And we had to get out and try to push the thing."
  21. Beyond the Marquee Joe Medjuck Interview 9/15/14 Joe Medjuck says: "When you're making a movie, you have doubles for everything. We didn't have a double for that car. It was the only painted car and when we left town and flew back to LA to finish shooting, we had our second unit doing a couple of shots with the car in New York and it broke down. "
  22. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:03:21-1:03:23). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is when the car died at the end. "
  23. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 88. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "The filmmakers commissioned Ghostlight Industries in Los Angeles to build two identical, fully operational hero Ecto-1s, inside and out. An interior buck that would come apart in four pieces for stage photography was also built."
  24. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 91. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "O'Neil's team had less than three months to deliver the restored vehicles to Calgary."
  25. Hasbro Pulse YouTube "Hasbro PulseCon 2020 Day 2" 4:24:42-4:25:25 9/28/2020 Jason Reitman says: "And we actually have three of them now. And we went back and got all the details right. I mean, we were literally going frame by frame through the original '84 film and looking for all kinds of details. We got the original car out and we scanned the license plate so we could replicate it perfectly. You'll notice there's a few differences. Uh, the ladder. A lot of people saw this really early. The ladder was moved to the other side but that had a reason because we added the gunner seat. The door flips open, the seat – well, you're gonna see. It's really cool. There's a lot of cool things, lots of surprises you still don't know about this car. Um, and it was so much fun to shoot because we put this crazy new engine in it and we have it doing things you'd never believe Ecto-1 could do."
  26. Go Creative Show YouTube "Ghostbusters Afterlife Production Design (with Francois Audouy) GCS291" 30:20-31:10 12/6/2021 Francois Audouy says: "We ended up using the-an Ecto-1 that Sony had in a storage container from the second film and then purchasing a second Ecto-1--a second 1959 Cadillac and then we took every-the picture vehicle company took the whole-both cars apart and catalog every single piece of both cars like like I don't know like forensically so basically imagine walking into a garage and two cars were completely torn-taken apart and then cataloged and then every singe piece, thousands and thousands of pieces were restored but then the cars now the cars, it wasn't just a restoration job because the cars had to do three things."
  27. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 91. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "Ghostlight acquired two original 1959 cars-one of which was the actual Ecto-1A which Sony Pictures still had from Ghostbusters II. A 1961 model donated by a Ghostbusters fan, was used to make the sliced-up interior buck."
  28. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 91. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Cyril O'Neil says: "In the case of some of the moldings, some of the stuff just wasn't out there, so we'll recreate it in terms of 3D printing or fiber glass parts and chrome those parts."
  29. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 95. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Francois Audouy says: "Our initial instinct was to have a regular proton pack bolted to the back of the seat."
  30. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 99. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "Multiple variations of this sawed-off proton blaster were designed by Franson, with the final specialty prop built by The Hand Prop Room in Los Angeles."
  31. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 99. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Caption reads: "Early concept for a "swing-out" RTV drop system by Nick Pugh."
  32. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 100. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Caption reads: "An early RTV trap door concept schematic by Nick Pugh included a rotating turret door."
  33. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 105. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "Audouy immediately recreated vinyl replicas of the logo and integrated specific cracked patterns to simulate the effects of the heat and cold temperatures over the years."
  34. Go Creative Show YouTube "Ghostbusters Afterlife Production Design (with Francois Audouy) GCS291" 33:36-34:07 12/6/2021 Francois Audouy says: "We had a lot of malfunctions happen at at-during the testing phase. You know one thing that happened was when the car showed up in Calgary and it was being worked on in Los Angeles but we had the-the first day that we tested the car in the parking lot, the stunt driver took-he wanted to try to max out and you know he drove it fast as possible and took it into a sideways skid and the wheels fell off-one of the wheels broke and and it was like-"
  35. Go Creative Show YouTube "Ghostbusters Afterlife Production Design (with Francois Audouy) GCS291" 34:18-34:48 12/6/2021 Francois Audouy says: "So we've learned that the evolving nature of the stunt action which was getting more cinematic and big required a little bit of a souped-up suspension and so the car had to go back to LA and the wheels, we had to get even more sort of robust engineered I think Mustang axles put on."
  36. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 91. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "Once there was a general structure in place, the cars were moved to the fabrication shop where they fit the suspension, which was designed and built specifically for the Ecto-1s. General Motors LS3 crate engines with 550 horsepower were then installed."
  37. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 65). Line reads: "FREEZE FRAME The cover of Motor Trend magazine: ECTO ONE - CAR OF THE YEAR.""
  38. Joe Medjuck (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:03:35-1:03:38). Bueno Productions. Joe Medjuck says: "Dan drove the Ectomobile."
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  40. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 66. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Although a second backup vehicle was procured as a hedge against maintenance problems, only the primary ambulance was fully converted. In the end, the backup was used solely for early 'premodification' scenes."
  41. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 42. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Richard Beggs says: "It was a leopard snarl that I had done a number of things to. I looped it, cut it in quarter-inch tape, and played it backward. Usually I am very loath to play things backward, because they have a very telltale characteristic and I think it's sort of a cop out. I played it backward and it did that err-reearr-err-reearr- the exact opposite of an animal going arghh. It lost some of its organic sound and it became this 'mechanical animal' claxon."
  42. Richard Beggs (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:05:52-1:06:05). Bueno Productions. Richard Beggs says: "I made that from a leopard howl that was edited and then reversed and played backwards. And the speed was changed."
  43. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 95 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Though the ticketing sequence was shot and cut into the film, it was ultimately removed because it slowed down the breakneck pace of the montage."
  44. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 95 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Ivan Reitman says: "There was no reason for the Ectomobile to have magical powers. It had been done with the Bluesmobile in The Blues Brothers -- where the car did somersaults and things like that -- and I didn't think it was particularly successful. I don't like movies that have no rules -- where anything is possible. We were already asking the audience to believe that there was a piece of equipment that could trap a ghost. Asking them to accept an Ectomobile with supernatural powers was just too much."
  45. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 129 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck: "This was one of the few scenes in the film that didn't have any big laughs in it, but we always liked it because it offered a possible explanation as to why the city was suddenly being plagued with ghosts. Also, it was a good scene for Winston -- in fact, this was the scene we used to audition actors for the role of Winston."
  46. Joe Medjuck (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 01:40:16-01:40:34). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "I remember we got one chance at this shot because the light came down just as we were doing the shot. And they said it was the 65mm camera. So they could do that last shot. And they said they could only do one take because they lost all the light immediately."
  47. IGN YouTube "Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Exclusive Trailer Breakdown with Director Jason Reitman" 02:06-02:14 7/26/2021 Jason Reitman says: "First of all, I'm gonna point out that if you look at the top of the house, you see all these antennas and you know it was meant to kind of echo the top of Ecto-1."
  48. Tested YouTube "Adam Savage Visits Ghostbusters: Afterlife's Art Department!" 12:42-13:03 2/1/2022 Bill Ives says: "But even the paint department, we start with it in the barn, it hasn't been seen, the light of day for a long time so it starts off really dusty, I mean we see it under the tarp and then we take the tarp off, it's covered in dust and we have to keep the dust on for the first part of the show and we can't just do dust, you have to do it in paint so that it stays."
  49. Tested YouTube "Adam Savage Visits Ghostbusters: Afterlife's Art Department!" 13:10-13:25 2/1/2022 Bill Ives says: "And then we have to clean so we do a paint, yes, we do a paint that can come off and of course they don't shoot in a sequence so it's constantly going back and forth so we do reference and the ADs work with us to say 'Okay, Ecto is in Stage 3.' Of course, after it comes out of the barn, it has to go through the field."
  50. IGN YouTube "Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Exclusive Trailer Breakdown with Director Jason Reitman" 03:15-03:46 7/26/2021 Jason Reitman says: "This was one of the first ideas that even came to me was Ecto-1 wheat drifting, you know, and in my head, I had always thought of snowboarding videos and if there was a way th re-create that with a car in a field of wheat—actually a field of barley, you know, for the farm aficionados out there but we wanted to do as much practically on this film as possible and it's really clean when I look at this shot, we rebuilt Ecto-1 from the ground up, put a Corvette engine in it, and made it so we could do these things practically."
  51. IGN YouTube "Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Exclusive Trailer Breakdown with Director Jason Reitman" 03:47-03:59 7/26/2021 Jason Reitman says: "So we spent a whole afternoon doing doughnuts in a wheat field and by the time it came back, you could actually smell the toasted barley coming out the front of the car."
  52. Cospective "cinesync Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 1/25/2022 Alessandro Ongaro says: "We used the CG version of Ecto-1 when Trevor Spengler goes on a ride through a cornfield. We filmed a stunt car that had the same wheel-base as Ecto-1 and swapped it out with the CG version for some shots, like when Trevor does a big jump."
  53. Sony Pictures Entertainment India "Ghostbusters: Afterlife | A Ride On The ECTO1 | Sony Pictures Entertainment India" 00:28-00:45 1/29/2022 Guy Bews says: "Unfortunately, we couldn't jump the real Ecto so we used like a proxy truck which visual effects then will turn into the Ecto. We had picture cars find us a vehicle that has basically the same wheelbase as the Ecto and put the same tires on it."
  54. Sony Pictures Entertainment India "Ghostbusters: Afterlife | A Ride On The ECTO1 | Sony Pictures Entertainment India" 1:02-1:30 1/29/2022 Guy Bews says: "I brought Jeff Senca who's a good friend of mine and stunt guy that jumped cars, he races the Baja 1000 and the whole nine yards and so we designed and built the ramp into the approach coming out of a farm field of oats and tested it all to make sure that we had the right distances. All that stuff to make that car land on the road, be able to still make that turn and go down that road."
  55. Sony Pictures Entertainment India "Ghostbusters: Afterlife | A Ride On The ECTO1 | Sony Pictures Entertainment India" 1:38-1:45 1/29/2022 Guy Bews says: "The speed was between 35 and 40 miles range. I believe it was 55 feet from take off to landing."
  56. Sony Pictures Entertainment India "Ghostbusters: Afterlife | A Ride On The ECTO1 | Sony Pictures Entertainment India" 1:31-1:37 1/29/2022 Alessandro Ongaro says: "It took this jump and it was insane because it was very very cool and we placed five cameras from multiple angles."
  57. Sony Pictures Entertainment India "Ghostbusters: Afterlife | A Ride On The ECTO1 | Sony Pictures Entertainment India" 1:48-1:56 1/29/2022 Alessandro Ongaro says: "The camera landed on the crash camera. The camera survived. We broke the attachment with lens but the camera survived so we got the footage."
  58. The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 19:28-20:41 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "So just members of my franchise that helped out would be Ashley, who did a lot of paint, weathering, and detailing. She also designed a different neutrona wand box that was ultimately unused but now exists in her home secretly. My good friend James was also involved. He was the one who recommended me specifically which was great. He did a lot of the modeling. He also modeled parts of the Ectomobile that needed to be made. Another friend, Sean. Cast--brought on for casting a dummy version of the R.T.V. That would stick out of the Ectomobile that couldn't eject because was only half a body, it ended before--And Dustin who did electronics and wiring and also ran the wrap party which I also got to be gently involved in. And finally for Ghostbusters friends, Rob who worked on the Sentry Wands specifically. Yes, Genesis Custom Sabers is his company."
  59. The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 23:29-23:31 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "That was actually built by cutting up a foam stunt pack with a hack saw."
  60. The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 24:34-24:39 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "The original wand for the Ectomobile was white. It wasn't a black wand."
  61. @dreadmakerroberts TikTok "Was there a continuity error on the wand in the Ecto that Trevor used in the final battle?" 00:16-00:46 1/8/2022 Ben Eadie says: "Okay, I'm not trying to bug ya man, but the wand was actually made as a snub nose. Now you'll notice--I'm ex-infantry so when you have vehicle weapons, they always have a shorter barrel and the reason for the shorter barrel is that you can get in and out of the vehicle a lot faster. That same methodology or thought process went in on the wands so the Ecto wand was shorter and did not extend so that it would kind of go with everything. It was also called the snub nose."
  62. The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 29:56-30:08 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "I think it was plastic or wood. It was laser cut on a Glowforge we had running in the little props area we were working in which we shared with set dec."
  63. Hasbro Pulse YouTube "Fan First Monday | Ghostbusters HasLab Plasma Series Spengler's Proton Pack Livestream" 39:05-39:39 11/22/2021 'Ben Eadie says: "And another one actually that happened and this was this was sort of like the bane of my existence during the Ecto-1 scenes is is that every time that jump seat came out, it it would knock off one of the pieces on the bumper and so each time that you see that come out, imagine that shot taking 20 or 30 more takes and me going in there with CA glue 20 or 30 more times going 'One minute,' gluing stuff together, holding it, they're going 'Okay, ready, go,' and praying that it didn't fall off while they were shooting the next scene."
  64. Tested YouTube "Adam Savage Drives Ghostbusters: Afterlife's Ecto-1!" 2:18-2:24 9/1/2021 Dave Leader says: "There's a lot of, I mean, we've gone through a couple of different suspensions just because of the extra weight."
  65. Cospective "cinesync Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 1/25/2022 Alessandro Ongaro says: "A lot of the shots seen from inside the car were shot on a greenscreen stage and composited, such as when Phoebe Spengler is in the gunner seat. We also had to do a couple of face replacements where we’d shot using a second unit and a stunt double."
  66. IGN YouTube "Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Exclusive Trailer Breakdown with Director Jason Reitman" 09:49-9:59 7/26/2021 Jason Reitman says: "This shot is also the tail end of a recreation of a shot from '84 of Ecto-1 flying out of the Firehouse. You know, there's that great 180 it does that they had to undercrank you know in a Chaplan-esque way back in '84 and we wanted to get the car going so fast that it cooked on its own."
  67. Oscar Rivera Facebook (private) 8/11/2021
  68. nico_design_and_props instagram story 6/27/2024 Nico Monterosso writes: "Never seen in the film... but I made a new interior piece/dashboard/glovebox door/air vent for the Ecto-1 and you can just about see it here!"
  69. horacestunts instagram 4/7/2024 Kevin Mangold writes: "Ecto 1 at Winnersh Film Studio."
  70. Ghostbusters: The Board Game Update 3 2/11/15
  71. Ray Stantz (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 11 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:07:47-01:08:00). Sony Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "One morning, I go to work and Ecto-1, our old Cadillac, is gone, his neutrona thrower, collider pack, all the traps, 16 ounces of fuel isotope, all gone! He cleaned us out. Now we were the dead ones."
  72. Phoebe Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 11 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:09:36-01:09:37). Sony Pictures. Phoebe Spengler says: "The Ecto-1?"
  73. Peter Venkman (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic p.10). Peter Venkman says: "I can get you a brochure from the car."
  74. Ray Stantz (2019). IDW Comics- " Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #2" (2019) (Comic p.2). Ray Stantz says: "Are we sure it's not a ghost that's animating the vehicle?"
  75. Ray Stantz (2019). IDW Comics- " Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #2" (2019) (Comic p.20). Ray Stantz says: "Our car is... well, you saw."


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