Hot Wheels Collector reveals exclusive 1/64 scale Ecto! On sale next week!

Mattel owned Hot Wheels have unveiled an exclusive 1/64 scale Ecto-1 – the car, which is the same scale as the San Diego Comic Con Ecto-1 or the carded retail Ecto-1 from last year, actually goes on sale next Tuesday. This car is not to be confused with the Hot Wheels Elite die-cast Ectos that are coming up soon as well.

But there’s a catch; You have to be a member of the HWC Red Line Club. That’s a premium club, but that exclusive sale period only lasts 24 hours, then it’s open to regular members, and that’s a free membership.

The car will only be on sale for the week, buyers are limited to two cars at $14.99, but the cars themselves aren’t limited in number, just by the orders made during the week-long sale. So you can’t miss really.

What makes the care unique is below, along with sale details – it’s pretty sweet.

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?, of course, because we’ve got everyone’s favorite demonic destroyers’ trusty ride, the Ecto-1! It will be offered first to Red Line Club members for a 24-hour Priority Window beginning Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 9:00 AM PT, earning one RLC Rewards Point for each one you purchase with your membership during that period. Availability will continue after that for ALL HWC members through May 3, 2011, at 8:00 AM PT.

Based on a casting only seen once before in the mainline and once at Comic-Con, our version features a newly formulated pearl finish that has flakes of green and red, and, for the first time ever, Neo-Classics wheels. Add a hand-polished chrome-plated chassis, metalflake gray interior, silver-colored roof rack and clear windows, Ghostbusters logos on the sides and back door, yellow and black license plate with “Ecto-1” and “New York,” and you’ve got a ride so rad, even Gozer will want one!

-Special pearl finish
-Ghostbusters logos and deco
-Neo-Classics Redline wheels
-Full-metal, hand-polished, chrome-plated chassis
-Metalflake gray interior
-Clear windshield

Production car may vary from the photo shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations and wheel type.

The HWC Neo-Classics Ghostbusters Ecto-1 will be produced in the quantity of the orders we receive during the one-week ordering period. Don’t be scared… it will be safely hidden inside special packaging featuring the Ecto-1 on the front and shipped in a Hot Wheels Kar Keepers case. You can possess one for just $14.99 plus S&P (shipping & processing) each, and there is a purchase limit of TWO vehicles per membership.

Remember, Red Line Club members get 1 point for each vehicle purchased during the Priority Window. Not a member? The 2011 Red Line Club is sold out, but watch for details about next year’s Red Line Club!

Offer available to RLC members only for a
24-hour Priority Window: 4/26/11, 9:00 AM PT
Offer available to ALL HWC members: 4/27/11, 9:00 AM PT
Offer ends: 5/3/11, 8:00 AM PT


Excellent UK Ecto-1 replica fails to find buyer at auction.

Saturday, September 25th, the Historics Auction house in Brooklands, Surrey, a very nice Ecto-1 limo went up for sale, but sadly did not find a buyer.

I say “limo” instead of “ambulance” , as the ’59 has a non-original limo-style interior, with facing bench seats. Still…

* Registration: 314 YUA ‘Ecto 1’
* Chassis Number: tbc
* Engine Number: tbc
* Odometer reading: tbc
* Estimate: £60,000-£70,000
* Hammer: Not Sold
* Plus Commission: Still Available

Ghostbusters was released in June 1984 and grossed $13.6 million on its opening weekend,$23 million in its first week, and went on to total a gross box office return of $238.6 million making Ghostbusters the most successful comedy of the 1980s. Why is it a more memorable movie than other 1984 releases such as Footloose, The Karate Kid, and Beverley Hills Cop?….Because of the car!

What is offered here is a faithful recreation of one of the most iconic movie cars of our time. Rescued in 2007 from a twenty year tenure as a fete car belonging to a church in Maryland, USA, the vendor saved the car from being scrapped and undertook more than £65,000 worth of restoration to bring her to the exacting standard at which she is offered for sale. The restoration included replacing the entire roof of this enormous car since the Maryland church had removed it to provide open-top parades. The history file includes images of the car prior to, and throughout the restoration.

The car is a 1959 Cadillac S&S Ambulance. S&S are the coachmakers that took the original Cadillac car and turned it into the Ambulance, much the same as coachmakers take a Volvo or Jaguar here and turn them into hearses. The car now exactly replicates the one from the movie; the roof props and logos are identical, only the interior has been amended at a cost of £7,000 to host 3 bench seats, (one in the front, and two in the rear) making the car a usable than the crude interior of the original film.

‘Ecto 1’ has a 6.5 litre V8 engine returning a rather meagre 8 miles to the gallon. The Prius it is not, but then, how much fun can you have in a Prius? It is a staggering 20 foot long by 6.5 foot wide and weighs in at a colossal 2.55 tonnes.

The vendor of the car has used this vehicle for promotion work and private hire. Being the only one of its kind in Europe, demand is high. Though we are not going to publish the exact figures that this car has generated in income, it is safe to suggest that a return of some £25,000+ is achievable if regularly booked.

Ecto 1 is complete with V5C registration document, road tax, HMRC Import Certificate documentation, and an extensive, though not complete, history file documenting the works undertaken by the vendor.

Who ya gonna call??

SoCal Ghostheads post video of rush to meet Dan Aykroyd… in an Ecto-1

GBFans has this fantastic video of J Ryan and Sean Bishop working to finish their Ecto-1 in time to meet Dan Aykroyd at last week’s signing appearance in Pasadena. Nice work guys. If you want to know more about the Delorean (seen in the video) click here.

Ecto 1 Maiden Voyage from JTurchetta on Vimeo.

Not only is a great car and not only did they get to meet Dan, but Dan dropped a couple of hints about what he has in mind for a third film, including updated equipment and a new vehicle (not surprising, as the rarity of the original model increases.)

Ecto-1 at Screaming Tiki Supercon in Ohio, November

The Screaming Tiki Supercon website is advertising the Ecto-1 will be on hand for everyone to gawp at on November 13 – 15th in Niles Ohio. No more information than that, but for now we’re assuming it’s the Sony restored Ecto – stay tuned.

Thanks to XPac for the heads up!

[UPDATE] Bad news. It turns out the official Sony Ecto, which toured the land over the last year, is not listed for Screaming Tiki. Whether this is because SuperCon is still working out the appearance with Sony or because they’ve booked one of the replica’s out there is unknown. As before, stay tuned.