By Andrew Liszewski
A guy with the alias ‘Boomerjinks’ (aka Kevin) has started a thread on the NASIOC forums (North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club) to showcase his 2003 Subaru Outback which he’s converted into a slightly smaller version of the Ecto-1 seen in the Ghostbusters films. While the Outback isn’t exactly one of the coolest cars on the road, this particular one not only turns a lot of heads but also wins a lot of ‘unusual entry’ trophies at various car shows.
I’m not sure how much the Ecto-1 conversion actually cost, but on the forum he mentions the print job for the vehicle’s graphics runs about $200, while the orange flashing lightbars were $430 each. The rest of the decorative materials were bought from Home Depot, but you also have to consider the man hours that went into putting it all together.
Unfortunately the original Ectomobile, which was built on a 1998 Subaru Outback, was rear-ended by a semi-truck 5 days before Hallowe’en. The car ended up being a write-off, but Kevin was able to transplant the ghost-hunting accessories to a 2003 Outback, so the Ectomobile lives again. If you’re curious to see how a geek trips out his ride, head on over to the NASIOC forums where Kevin’s posted a good collection of photos and stories about the car.
And if you were wondering, the Ectomobile even has the same siren used by the real Ecto-1 in the Ghostbuster movies, and I’ve included a video of the car doing a drive-by after the jump.