If there was ever a time we wanted to attend and auction and bid for a car with every penny in our pocket, this would be it. Even though this isn’t the original Ghostbusters Ecto-1, the time, work and attention to detail put into this Cadillac replica gets all our respect.
The 1959 Cadillac S&S was on the brink of death according to Chris Reynolds, the genius gentleman that took garbage to glory by investing around $100,000 into the car. Since Reynolds has finished it, it has become one of the most sought-after promo and private-hire vehicles in Europe.
Now we didn’t know Ghostbusters was as awesome and popular in Europe as it is here in America, but we’re guessing this badboy would garner just as much attention, if not more. We’re not quite sure who would pay to hire the Ecto-1 replica, but Reynolds did invest around $11,000 into the interior so it’s got more of a limousine feel.
Estimates are the car will grab anywhere from $115,000 to $130,000. Even though Historics at Brooklands (and possibly Reynolds) is pushing the car as an investment opportunity, we’re assuming those that are able to afford it aren’t exactly concerned about making their money back. But if you’re looking to have one of the most wicked, custom cars in the world… better start counting your pennies.
Official press release after the break.
Historics at Brooklands Press Release:
A 1959 Cadillac S&S ambulance rescued from a Church in Maryland, USA, after being read it’s last rights, has undergone a miraculous restoration as a tribute to the iconic Ghostbusters movie car, and is now being auctioned at Historics at Brooklands forthcoming sale on 25th September.
Having previously been fettled for use in Church parades – including having its roof removed – coachbuilder Chris Reynolds saved the car from a ‘fete’ worse than death, and has since spent £65,000 turning it into one of the most sought-after promo and private-hire vehicles in Europe.
Weighing in at a mighty 2.55 tonnes, the massive American motorcar measures 20ft long by 6.5ft wide and powered by a mighty 6.5 litre V8 engine, manages approximately 8 mpg!
Whilst the car’s exterior represents a faithful recreation of the 1984 film car – including identical logos and roof props – ‘Ecto 1’s interior has been designed as a luxurious limousine, benefiting from a £7,000 refit that includes three leather-clad bench seats designed to transport suitors in style.
Chris Reynolds commented: “The car’s ghostly presence is in stark contrast to the real life experience of bringing it back to life – and the cost of doing so! The car was about to be scrapped when I discovered it and the restoration has been a real labour of love, and hopefully it will find a worthy home.”
Capable of generating significant returns if utilised for private hire, the Ghostbusters car represents a real investment opportunity in more ways than one, and is expected to fetch offers in the region of £75,000 – £85,000 at Historics second sale on September 25th.
For more information, and to attend the Historics at Brooklands auction on the afternoon of September 25th, call 0800 988 3838, e-mail: [email protected], or see the website, www.historics.co.uk. Entry by catalogue only, available prior to, or on the day of the auction.