Ecto-1 - The ghost-busting Cadillac
Words: Scott Blackburn
Composed to: The Devil Makes Three - Do Wrong Right
1980s New York was an interesting place, a city on the up, but it hid an unusual secret. A supernatural uprising headed by Gozer, a super-being from another dimension, bent on the planet's destruction. Who wouldn't be afraid of a 100 foot murderous Stay Puft Man? Thankfully the Ghostbusters were on hand to contain the situation, but how they got about NYC was one of the more interesting things as far as Ferrous is concerned.
After being kicked out of the faculty of Columbia University Dr. Ray Stantz mortgaged his parent's house and bought a derelict fire station. At the same time he picked up an old 1959 Miller-Meteor Cadillac, the end-loader kind originally used as hearses and ambulances. Bought for the princely sum of just under $5000 the old Cady needed some work. In fact Stantz had to replace the suspension and shocks, the brakes, steering, transmission, mufflers and do a little re-wiring.
With a base and transport in place Stantz was then able to recruit his old colleagues, Egon Spengler and Peter Venkman, into his new ghost-busting organisation. They were the Ghostbusters. Their...distinct, new transport was named Ecto-1 and was the ideal vehicle for their supernatural escapades around the city.
Ecto-1 was big enough to allow the three (later four after Winston Zeddemore) to carry not only themselves but also their Proton Packs, Ecto Goggles, Psychokinetic Energy Meters (P.K.E), and a whole host of traps. The rear door and roof rack allowed for perfect stowage and access of all the necessary equipment.
Perhaps the perfect test of the old Cady's credentials was that it enabled them to save New York twice, taking down a giant marshmallow isn't easy and almost certainly wouldn't have been possible with Ecto-1. So if you ever need a transport for your ghost-busting enterprise maybe consider Ecto-1 as the ideal vehicle to help you explode a 100 foot confectionary mascot.