Great Scott!

By Simone Slykhous

September 2, 2015 5 min read

When there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! And how are they gonna arrive? In a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor hearse, of course. The Ecto-1, better known simply as the "Ghostbusters" car, is so distinctive that it has been stuck in the minds of the viewing public like, well, ectoplasm.

Superfan Loren Baldwin even went so far as to create an almost exact replica of the vehicle. With local automotive businesses behind him, Baldwin estimates that the total cost of repairs and replication was over $100,000. Though it had an original suggested retail price of $10,000 to $12,000 by the manufacturer, the current value of the '59 Cadillac is running at $30,000 minimum. If that's too steep a price, Hot Wheels sells a replica that is one-eighth the size of the original for about $250.

The Ecto-1 isn't the only on-screen car to park itself in the American psyche. If you ever need to run away from terrorists at 88 miles per hour, there's only one car for you. The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, made famous from "Back to the Future," still looks futuristic, with its stainless-steel body and gull-wing doors. And though it doesn't come standard with a flux capacitor, it does have the power to transport you, Marty McFly and Doc Brown to the '80s. There were only about 9,000 original DMC-12s built, and the asking prices today are between $30,000 and $55,000.

Another iconic car from the 1980s is almost as famous as its driver. Knight Industries Two Thousand, also known as KITT, was a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am sports car with artificial intelligence owned by Michael Knight on the popular show "Knight Rider." In the TV series, Knight (David Hasselhoff) was able to use the self-aware KITT to do incredible stunts with its laser powerpack, oil jets, grappling hook and more. At Carsforsale.com, the '82 Pontiac is valued at about $8,000. Adding a flamethrower or a ride with "The Hoff" will cost a bit extra.

More than 80 years after its production, the 1932 Ford Model B is still coveted because of its starring role in George Lucas' 1973 film, "American Graffiti." Set in 1962, the film centered on a group of friends cruising around town the night before they headed off to college. And thereafter, the hot-rod street racing lifestyle was immortalized. Cars On Line has multiple listings for a souped-up "Deuce coupe" for about $42,500.

If you're a good ol' boy, never meanin' no harm, gettin' in trouble with the law, then a 1969 Dodge Charger might be your ride of choice. The constantly airborne Charger on "The Dukes of Hazzard," also known as the General Lee, helped cousins Bo and Luke get out of many a scrap with the police in Hazzard County. With its characteristic paint job -- orange body, "01" on the doors and controversial Confederate flag on the roof -- this muscle car knows how to make a scene. ClassicCars.com has listings for faux General Lees, ranging from $30,000 to about $150,000.

Speaking of lawbreaking, the vehicle used as a mobile meth lab by Walter White and Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad" now lives on in infamy. The 1986 Fleetwood Bounder RV is an unexpected villainous vehicle, conjuring more images of family vacations and friendly road trips than gang shootouts and missing pants. One of the RVs used on the show now lives on the Sony Pictures lot, so if the price tag of $4,000 to $8,000 is too much, a $40 studio tour could appease your cravings.

Last but not least, one of the most ubiquitous cars on screen is the Batmobile. Lasting 50 years -- with numerous incarnations -- the Batmobile still aids in the care and keeping of Gotham. "Batman" the TV series had Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman driving around in a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, bought from Ford for $1 and "other valuable consideration." It was sold in 2013 for $4.2 million. Nice profit. The style of the car changed dramatically when Batman moved from the television screen to the silver screen. Tim Burton's sleek and darker version of the Caped Crusader's car was custom-built on a Chevrolet Impala chassis. This darker tone was further explored in the "Dark Knight" trilogy, with the title character driving a Tumbler from Wayne Enterprises. This cross between a Lamborghini and a tank could smash through buildings with agility and speed, much like Batman.

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