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Pick of the Day: 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe

Back to the Future chic that's not a DeLorean


One of my all-time favorite movie cars is the 1946 Ford convertible featured in Back to the Future. In this clip, antagonist Biff Tannen struggles to try to get Marty McFly off his car while they’re battling for the sports almanac which contained all the clues on how to get rich by gambling.

That Ford saw its fair share of bumps and bruises while cruising through a tunnel in the movie. Marty’s Hoverboard in the same scene is a futuristic contrast to the retro looks of that old-school Ford.  

The Pick of the Day is a 1946 Ford Super Deluxe listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Strafford, Missouri. (Click the link to view the listing)

This five-window is a coupe as opposed to Biff’s convertible, but the body lines are the same. This car reportedly went through refurbishment some time ago. The seller states, “Older paint restoration – still looks great!” The seller provides a few bullet points of specific highlights, including mechanical updates.

Post-World War II automotive production re-started in late 1945. The engineering for 1946 Ford models was largely a carry-over from pre-war in 1942 at the time, although the grille was revised, and the nose of the car was accented by inlaid red accents in the brightwork. The hood was slightly widened as well, and it received a center chrome strip to differentiate it from prior years.

Under that hood, power came from a 239cid flathead V8 paired with a manual transmission. The motor on today’s feature car is said to be unmodified, although the electrical system has been upgraded to 12 volts and a Walker heavy-duty radiator was installed. The period-correct Coker Classic wide-whitewall tires have reportedly driven only about 50 miles since installation.

Moving to the interior, the Mohair grey cloth interior looks to be a nice place to spend time, especially since the climate is controlled by a Vintage Air A/C system. The carpet has been replaced throughout.

“Excellent car, runs and drives great,” the listing concludes. Biff Tannen would definitely approve of this clean old Ford coupe. He just needs to watch his driving so he doesn’t run into a pile of manure.

The seller is asking $28,900 for this clean old Super Deluxe.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


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