So here’s a funny thing, after doing CG work for 15 years I realized I’ve never actually modeled a car before. Plenty of spaceships, but never a car. I’m kind of impressed with how much detail is in just the base car body. Details that you would normally not worry about on a spaceship and just use greebles, nurnies and spaceship hull textures to finish it up.
Having said that, I realize that while the concept art was good for getting the layout and general approximations of the car it really wasn’t that accurate. So I searched all over for photos of either Ecto1 or a 1959 Futura but orthos of those are pretty hard to come by. But what I did find were some really high quality shots of fully restored Futuras. Looking at those I realized that the 1959 Cadillac De Ville has the exact same body style, minus the ambulance area and I found this:
I started on the model twice and both times really didn’t like what I was getting so I stopped and really analyzed the refs and my third attempt is coming out much better. Not much to show yet, I should have something today… maybe.