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'Ecto-1' gets an overhaul for the upcoming 'Ghostbusters' movie starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/8/2015 Brian Leon
It's not quite as stylistic as the 1959 ambulance used in the original films, but the new 'Ecto-1' has got plenty of retro charm.© PAUL FEIG VIA TWITTER It's not quite as stylistic as the 1959 ambulance used in the original films, but the new 'Ecto-1' has got plenty of retro charm.

It may not have quite the style of the original, but the new 'Ecto-1' from the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot still has a distinct retro charm.

Director Paul Feig tweeted out this photo yesterday of the new ghost-busting machine that will carry Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon straight to the latest location of supernatural activity.

Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray in a scene from the film 'Ghostbusters', 1984.© ARCHIVE PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray in a scene from the film 'Ghostbusters', 1984.

The original 'Ecto-1' was a 1959 Cadillac ambulance, but for the remake, Feig and company decided to go a more morbid route. If you look closely at the red vinyl tonneau that adorns the roof and rear of the wagon, you'll see a lantern and a landau bar on the side, indicating that this new chariot is, in fact, a hearse.

Luckily, they decided to keep the 'Ecto-1' in the Cadillac family, choosing a 1980s Fleetwood wagon as the base. While it doesn't quite look the part like the original did, it's still refreshing to see a retro choice for the starring vehicular role. At least it's not a modern crossover...

Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters on July 22, 2016, and if its cast do what they do best, it should be another riotous romp through the streets of New York.

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