'Ghostbusters' Ecto 1 up for auction

Famous 1959 Cadillac was used in an even more important famous film

"Who ya gonna call?" Or maybe I should say, "They call me MISTER Tibbs!"

The Ecto 1, the 1959 Cadillac that Venkman, Spengler, Stantz and Zeddmore used to catch ghosts in the film Ghostbusters, is up for sale by the Volo Auto Museum, which has offered the vehicle through the Hemmings collector-car marketplace.

For a mere $149,998, a little piece of your '80s childhood could be sitting in your garage. But that's not all you'd get.

A little known fact about this car, according to Hemmings, is that it is the same 1959 Cadillac used in the film In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. This is, of course, the Oscar-winning film based on John Ball's famous novel about a murder investigation in the South by an African American police detective (Virgil Tibbs) and racial equality.

An icon of ghost-free living and equality for all. Talk about a car with good karma.

Ecto 1
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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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