Star cars can live on in the hearts of movie fans, but as we learned with the DeLorean time machine used in Back to the Future, even some of the more popular cars can end up being forgotten about by the studio. Such is the fate that has befallen the lead car from the Ghostbusters franchise – a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance more affectionately known simply as ECTO-1.

As you can see in the image above, ECTO-1a (the updated car used in Ghostbusters 2) looks much different from the last time we saw it help rid New York City of ghosts, ghouls and evil spirits in 1989. Neglected and apparently left to the elements, the car is in rough shape likely requiring far more than the "$4,800" the car took to fix up in the original film (you know, for the suspension work and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end, new rings, mufflers and a little wiring).

Just like the recent restoration project for the BTTF DeLorean, though, a group called Ghostbusters Fans wants to get its hands on this car to restore it back to its original glory. To do so, it has set up a petition in hopes of convincing Sony Pictures Entertainment to allow it to purchase the car at scrap price and eventually plans on setting up a funding campaign on Kickstarter in the future. Scroll down for more information on the potential ECTO-1a restoration, and be sure to visit the site to sign the petition.
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Ghostbusters Fans Presents
The Ecto-1A Restoration Project

Ghostbusters Fans aims to restore the iconic Ecto-1A from the Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
film Ghostbusters 2. The over the top and eccentric car from the second film in the billion dollar
Ghostbusters franchise has been sitting on the movie studios' backlot for the past several years
and is in dire need of a restoration job. Having sustained a magnitude of damage from its years as
a public display piece at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL the original vehicle sits neglected.

Ghostbusters Fans is expressing their intent to purchase the vehicle and restore her to better than
on screen appearance. The restoration project will be herald by the entire Ghostbusters Fans
community and publically funded through a future funding campaign on Kickstarter™, or a similar
service. Ghostbusters Fans is currently seeking support through a specially created website for individuals who would support the restoration project by signing their name to a petition to be
sent to Sony Pictures. The site is located at: http://ecto-1a.gbfans.com/

The website has already attracted tens of thousands of visitors since its creation on October 10,
2013, and chronicles the history of the Ecto-1A in recent years, along with previous restoration
attempts.

Ghostbusters Fans is the largest Ghostbusters community with over 21,000 members and over
50,000 active followers on social media. Ghostbusters Fans current social reach often extends to
over 250,000 individuals in a given month.

If you would like more information about Ghostbusters Fans or the Ecto-1A Restoration Project, please visit: www.gbfans.com and ecto-1a.gbfans.com respectively. or contact AJ Quick at webmaster@gbfans.com


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      Colorado Movie Cars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Before the inevitable chime in of "Didn't Dan Aykroyd restore this car on the blu-ray?" No, this the is the car from the second movie. The Ecto-1 was nearly sold for scrap before one mid-level Sony employee campaigned to have it restored, which happened in 2007. Since then, the original car has once again sat out in the elements and is already filling with wasp nests. This is an effort to restore the Ecto-1A car from Ghostbusters 2. This car was cannibalized to facilitate the restoration of the Ecto-1 and now sits, rotting away in Culver City, CA.
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Colorado Movie Cars
        I'd like to see 1a restored, 1 cleaned up, and both put in museums.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      The elements sure does alot in 24 years.... One of my favorite car in my childhood.
      PoMoMangler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh come on Sony! What would it cost to restore this car--$100k? $200k? You probably have VPs that use that much to clean their butts in the morning! This is an ICON!!
      Buckingham's
      • 1 Year Ago
      How can the studios be so friggin stupid to let this classic movie prop, an icon, fall into such disrepair?
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volo cars has a "replica" ECTO-1 up for sale right now. If it the same car that I have seen on display the roof equipment looked like a high school shop class put it together.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Miami, in the sixties, fielded a fleet of Superiors (before "buses") They drove like they were on commission, first come , first serve. wild times.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        ChrisH
        • 1 Year Ago
        I know some people born that year that haven't fared as well as that car
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do people live in the fantasy land, it is a movie about ghosts....they do not exist, characters in the movie...do not exist. Get over it and move on. BTW, how about these very same people submit a copy of a receipt showing that they purchased a Sony product............i am willing to bet Sony will listen to 10,000 people who buy Sony.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Does somebody piss in your cornflakes EVERY morning?
          mikebyrne17
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          I can say with certainty that nobody who drives a Transformers Camaro actually believes that they exist.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          So you think it is OK for grown men to drive a Camaro with a transformer on it? You do realize those people actually believe those transformers live.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
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          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          Dude i do not watch movies........but i am not from the woods, i am aware of things. I ONLY watch football, movies do not interest me. Again, "Say hello to my little friend", i have NEVER seen that movie, but anyone know knows anything is aware of that line and where it came from. I watch TV on Sundays for a few months a year, that's all, movies, TV shows are a complete waste of time.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
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        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        I see you didn't take my friendly advice the other day that being a douche doesn't make your opinion anymore important than anyone elses.
      leo
      • 1 Year Ago
      why would hey waste money on that stupid car.. just case 5 fans want to see if?
        AJ Quick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @leo
        Nearly 3000 signatures so far.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @leo
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        @leo
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      njcrabs
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd say,,,,,,,,,Propose the challenge to Chip Foose . Might just make an interesting "Overhaulin" show . If so,,,,,,,then everybody wins........Especially the "Caddy" <<<
        • 1 Year Ago
        @njcrabs
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      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end." "How much?" "Only $4800. Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring."
      Jake S
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would feel a lot better about signing a petition to save this movie car wreck if Ghostbusters 2 hadn\'t been such an utterly TERRIBLE sequel. I can remember to this day how ripped off I felt when the end credits started to roll.
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