After some small confusion, some vague investigation, and a couple of emails from wise PC readers, the Ecto-1a that was purchased from
Klassix Auto Attraction in Florida a couple of months ago has turned up. The car has a new home at the Historic Auto Museum in Roscoe, Illinois.
I talked to the museum and the car was, according to them, used in filming and not a replica. At some point some elements were removed from the roof
rack – most notably
the scrolling lightboard, which makes sense, as they can be easily reused elsewhere. The car is apparently signed by custom car designer, George Barris,
who as it’s
been pointed out to me, built replicas of the vehicle, but didn’t work in the actual movie vehicles. So much for them not being replicas.
In any case, it’s still a cool item to check out. Thanks to Kingpin for the
heads up regarding the replica situation.
Historic Auto Museum
A display of over 60 vehicles of historical interest including racecars, presidential cars and movie and entertainment cars.
Tue-Sun, 11 am-8 pm.
credit | Doug Meyer