It’s the type of social media post that brings your scrolling to a stop — A vehicle that looks oh so familiar.
“You can just see the glance and people are going, ‘really?’,” said Paul Stone, owner of a 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville.
It was originally used as an ambulance in Saskatchewan and Paul eventually purchased the vintage vehicle from the Fraser Valley.
“We bought it originally to use as a promo vehicle for our training business — first aid training and paramedic business,” said the retired paramedic.
Despite its uncanny resemblance, Paul’s ride is not an exact replica of the film’s iconic ghost-chasing Ecto-1 (1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor). However, Paul says many have been fooled before.
“I got stopped at a police roadblock, he says, ‘are you on a call?’ I’m going, ‘yes!’,” said Paul. “One guy asked if it’s suitable for ghostbusters, I said ‘yeah and zombie chasing’.”
On his Facebook Marketplace post, Paul is asking $8500. Proton packs and ghost traps are not included and Paul admits the car could use a tune-up.
“Somebody put some love into it and fix up the inside, it’ll be quite a nice vehicle,” said Paul.
He’s hoping there’s a market of old ambulance collectors and/or ghostbuster fanatics on Vancouver Island who may be of interest.
On the day of the shoot, CHEK News invited MicCHEK podcast co-host Kyle Lancaster out to take a look.
“I have been a huge Ghostbusters fan my whole life,” said Lancaster. “I watched the cartoon as a kid, I’ve got my proton pack from when I was a kid, my kids wear it now, I have a very similar car to this one here tattooed on my arm.”
So, dressed up in his full Ghostbusters attire, the 34-year-old father of two hopped in the driver’s seat and did a quick lap around the neighbourhood.
“This is awesome,” said Kyle, living out his childhood dream.
As of the writing of this article, Paul’s Pontiac Grand Ville is still for sale.