New Ghostbusters ECTO-1 Photos Tweeted; Fans Irked. Here are 4 Better Choices

Published July 13, 2015

Ghostbusters reboot director tweeted photos of the new ECTO-1 and fans give it a thumbs down. Here are three vehicles that would have been a better choice.


The original Ghostbusters film was made released in 1984. The Cadillac that Dan Akroyd’s character purchased was a clapped out 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Miller-Meteor hearse conversion. Akroyd, who co-wrote the original film with director Ivan Reitman, is a true car guy and knew what he was doing. The 1959 was the most glorious, most baroque of any Cadillac made. It had the tallest tail fins and chrome must have accounted for about 50% of the vehicle’s weight. Like all fine art, it might not be your style, but you do have to appreciate it.


For the new film, Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids,” assembled an all-female cast and made the uninspired selection of a bland 1989 Cadillac hearse conversion for the new ECTO-1. You can see thinking,  there’s about the same out time between the model year of the original ECTO-1 and the release of the first Ghostbusters.

So if we follow the logic that the new Ghostbusters cast should be driving a vehicle 25 years old, here are some much better choices:

Pontiac Transport


Looking for all the world like a left-over prop from a sci-fi movie, Pontiac did not capture the hearts and minds of America with their Transport minivan, though a minivan would have been a great choice for Ecto-1. Station wagons were big sellers in the 1950s and 1960s and when the 1980s came around, minivans took over until no one wanted to be seen in a minivan and everyone bought SUVs. It’s just as “out of sync” as a 1959 Cadillac was in 1984.

Volvo 245


The Volvo wagon, the original Soccer Mom car, could be found everywhere in that era. It was tough and dependable but had small apertures and was much tighter inside than you might have thought. There could have been plenty of gags created around the classic mom-mobile.

Pontiac Aztek


This one is so obvious it’s amazing that they missed it. If the 1959 Cadillac was selected as the original ECTO-1 because it took the aesthetic of time and pushed it over the top, the same is true with the Pontiac Aztek. And despite the time that’s passed since the Aztek was discontinued, it remains a comedy goldmine, still the punchline in many jokes.

Not a 25 year old car, but a great opportunity for comedy nonetheless:

Zip Car


Instead of owning an ECTO-1, perhaps the Ghostbusters could have been a little more ECO and used a Zip Car when they made a service call. Think of the comedy that could come from the crew picking up a Zip Car, then strapping their apparatus to the roof and pulling up in front of a swanky hotel to capture a spirit, only to return and find the car missing, having been driven off my another Zip Car member.


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