Ghostbusters’ new Ecto-1 is an oddly uninspiring ’82 Caddy

The Ghostbusters, or at least the movie franchise, will emerge from Hollywood’s cobwebs this summer, but instead of the iconic 1959 Cadillac known as Ecto-1 that delighted big screen audiences in 1984, the new model may leave some scratching their heads.

That’s because this latest Ghostbusters draws its vehicular inspiration from a decidedly less interesting period in American automobile production: the 1980s. Starring alongside Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones is a 1982 Cadillac DeVille hearse.

The studio dressed up this tired Caddy to look the part, but something’s amiss. Instead of the flamboyant fins and shiny chrome, the ’82 is decidedly pedestrian and uninteresting. Even in 1982, it was kind of a dull choice for luxury car buyers. There’s a reason Murilee Martin deemed the ’70s and ’80s the “malaise era.”

Built a couple of years before the original, Academy

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