Test your knowledge: What car was used for the original Ghostbusters Ectomobile?

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What make and model of car was the original Ecto-1 Ectomobile?

IF THERE’S something strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters, naturally, and when the team of paranormal exterminators sprang into action, it was the Ectomobile rapid-response vehicle that got them to the scene of the haunting.

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Starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, Ghostbusters was a big hit when it reached cinemas in 1984. A follow-up to the comedy caper, Ghostbusters II, was released in 1989, and now a third instalment is on the way that will feature female leads. However, so far there is no news about what car will be used; read our suggestions as to what the film makers could go for here.

Can you, though, name the year, make and model of car that starred in the original Ghostbusters?


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The Ectomobile, or ECTO-1 as it became known thanks to its numberplate, was based on a 1959 Cadillac Series 75. It had what Cadillac called the commercial chassis, a reinforced and lowered platform for ambulance and hearses.

In Aykroyd and Harold Ramis’s original script the Ectomobile was able to dematerialise, but as production progressed the team realised it would be funnier without its own paranormal powers.