Mike Barr, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, spent thousands refurbishing the vehicle so it was similar to the one used in the most recent 2016 film. It is on sale for just under £25000 ono.
He initially spotted the 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Hearse on Ebay and arranged for it to be shipped over from the USA and refurbished ahead of the movie’s cinema release.
According to the Vehicle Identification Number, the Cadillac was built at the Lansing Michigan plant in 1991 as a four-door sedan before it was converted into a hearse by the Superior Coach. Under the bonnet is a 305cu in V8 with about 172 bhp engine.
Work started as soon as it arrived in the UK. The vehicle was wrapped in white vinyl with full Ghostbusters decals; the wheels were changed with the centre caps modified; and a custom roof rack was built for the props made for the top of the car. It comes with white-wall tyres and the original red steel Cadillac wheels with modified chrome hubcaps to match the original movie car.
A siren, flashing lights and police-style light bar at the rear were wired into car as well as a PA speaker and a sound system. Mike’s contacts even helped source a silver Ghostbusters hood ornament to complete the replica Ecto-1.
And even though it’s not the classic 1959 Cadillac model from the original 1980s Ghostbusters movies – everything about it does match the Ecto-1 used in the 2016 remake.
After the wave of film promotion was over, the refurbished Ecto-1 was hired for various events around Europe and was even booked for a comic book convention in the Netherlands.
Mike added: “We’ve been backwards and forwards like a yo-yo to mainland UK and further afield, so we’re selling for practicality more than anything.It has been a difficult decision, even my wife and kids don’t want me to sell this one.”
This Ecto-1 replica is currently insured with Adrian Flux Insurance. The specialist insurer offers cover for a wide range of American vehicles, including classic and modified versions.
For more information about the vehicle contact Star Car Hire direct.