Carfection reviews the Ecto-1 from 'Ghostbusters'With a new "Ghostbusters" movie comes a new Ecto-1. Carfection took the modified hearse for a spin on the streets of London.
[SOUND] We're finding ourselves in one of those positions where we're getting to drive a very special car. Not necessarily something with highest amount of horse power or maybe something that is the most valuable from history. But a car that is extremely exclusive and highly sought after nonetheless. Because today I'm driving ECTO1. [MUSIC] [LAUGH] [MUSIC] Today is one One of those fantastic days where I get to sit behind the wheel of a car that just makes you feel so much more special than anything you can get from a car in a showroom. There is nothing quite like a car like this to put a smile on your face. I haven't felt this Happy since I drove the Delorean. The Ecto 1 from the original 1984 movie was a '59 Cadillac ambulance. This however is an '84 Cadillac Fleetwood Wagon with a eureka hearse body. So the car from the 2016 movie is from the same year the original movie came out some 32 years ago. The 5L small block V8 is good for a slightly underwhelming 135 horse power, or at least it was when it was new, and 190 foot-pounds of torque, all connected to a four-speed automatic gear box. The We-Ghost-Ee hood ornament on the front, this painstakingly crafted replica of the movie car, has in case been cast from the original movie prop. Cadillacs of this era were built for comfort not speed, and the preposterously comfortable interior is unlike anything you can buy today which is good as it's going to be a while before you get to your paranormal incidents. [LAUGH] The reaction that we're getting for this car is quite phenomenal. Obviously, A film like ghost busters without this remake, already had a phenomenon following and a phenomenal fame across the world. And X01 is right to the core of that. But now with the new film in full swing just coming after July 11th by the way, this is just double the intention with everyone being primed for the film and eager to take this sights of this X01 crazy run in this street of London [MUSIC] One obvious slight difficulty with a car like this is that it is an American car from 30 years ago, and with that it's the size of a boat, trying to thread it through London streets it's slightly Be tricky. And with all the looks that you're getting you can't really get away with any mistakes. So I'm trying to make sure that this Ecto 1 stays in pristine condition right up to the movie premiere and doesn't actually get dinged and scratched by London's finest cabbies. But, I kind of like the attention. Wearing this boiler suit may have been a step too far but really That's just the kind of person I am. As [?] screen cars go, the original Ecto-1 was right up there with the DeLorean, KITT, and the General Lee, so it was vital to keep the legacy in the new 2016 movie. Whether or not this car will become as iconic as its predecessor remains to be seen, but for now we can all rejoice that the Ghostbusters and Ecto-1 are back on the big screen.