There are car enthusiasts, and then there are pop-culture car enthusiasts. Guys who love cars for their storied place in entertainment history. These people collect scale models of movie or TV wheels, including KITT from Knight Rider, Herbie from The Love Bug, and the Ectomobile from Ghostbusters. The most extreme of these fans—those who have the financial means anyway—take it to the next level and build real-life versions of these motion-picture vehicles.
Take this life-size Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo, for example. We stumbled upon this psychedelic van on the website of Ideal Classic Cars, a Florida-based seller of timeless automobiles.
According to Ideal Classic Cars, the base vehicle is a 1972 Ford E200 Econoline van, which required more than $15,000 (P780,000) just to paint the exterior. The engine is a 4.9-liter V8 mated to an automatic transmission.
If you think the paint job and the accessories look fantastic, that’s because the project was reportedly done by someone who makes props for Disney World rides. No wonder no small details were spared. Even the nooks of oft-hidden door jambs were meticulously airbrushed.
Inside, the seats are upholstered in proper Mystery Machine colors. There’s even a “ghost detector” overhead. We’re sure it doesn’t work, but who cares?
But perhaps the best features of this van are the comfy couch and the little table at the back. It’s practically a roving bedroom. Shaggy Rogers would be pleased.
No specific price was quoted by the seller, but you can be sure the amount far exceeds the cost of the paint job. For all the positive vibes you’ll be passing along to onlookers, maybe the price tag (whatever it may be) is worth it.