In 2003, a George Barris Ecto-1 replica from a Florida auto museum was sold to the Historic Auto Museum in Roscoe, IL. And now, another Ecto-1, attributed to George Barris, is for sale by the Volo Auto Museum, slightly to the East of Roscoe, in Volo, IL. At this time, it doesn’t appear that they’re the same car, but it seems a strange coincidence.
The Roscoe vehicle was a sad case, one part Ecto-1, one part Ecto-1a, and various strange design choices. Plus, the museum listed it as a 1960 Cadillac. The Volo vehicle is very close to the movie, and lists it as a 1959 body. The only thing they seem to have in common is that they’re both in Illinois and they were both apparently made by George Barris. If any of the Ecto-experts out there can help clarify, please contact me.
The listing doesn’t outright call the vehicle a screen-used vehicle, but neither does it call it a replica, choosing instead to comment on it’s previous life as a vehicle used in In The Heat of the Night. It’s not a bad looking vehicle if you’ve got the dough… a lot of dough. If it’s the same vehicle, it sold in 2003 for $55,000, but is listed now for nearly $150,000.
Thanks to Andy for the heads-up.
[UPDATE Jan. 29th]
There is some discussion at GBProps (and if any group would know, it would be some of those guys) that this car is a private replica that Barris is taking credit for. Classy. If you’re going to make an ecto replica, make sure to weld some initials onto the chassis or something. Thanks Nick.