Tannen Bomb: 1946 Ford Super Deluxe

What are you looking at, butthead?  Biff Tannen’s choice of car in 1955 was a black Ford Super Deluxe.  Built from 1946 – 1948, it would have been a cheap, old, used car in the age of newer is better, that a large, rude bully that lived with his grandma could afford.  Biff’s Super Deluxe appeared in both part 1 and part 2 of the Back To The Future trilogy.  Find this 1946 Ford Super Deluxe for sale in Seattle, WA for $37,000 via craigslist. Tip from Biff Tannen.


The Ford Super Deluxe was a continuation of the pre-war 1941 Deluxe convertible.  From 1942 to 1945, the American car industry mobilized for war production and no civilian vehicles were produced.  In late 1945, civilian auto production was restarted and Ford began producing 1946 models as continuations of pre-war models.  The 1946 Super Deluxe was identical to the 1941 Deluxe with the exception of the grille and other chrome accents.  The Super Deluxe the top of the line 4 seat convertible with an electric top and plenty of room for you and your 3 friends or a truckload of manure.

The 1946 Super Deluxe was powered by a 239 cubic inch Mercury Butthead Flathead V-8 with an output of around 100hp.  This one looks to be stock, but if you really need to keep up with a punk kid on a hover board, you can buy hop up parts and boost your hp.

The Super Deluxe was equipped with a innovative ignition lock system.  The key locked the steering column and blocked the ignition switch.  Unlocked, you then used the push button ignition switch to start the car.  Just the thing to frustrate mechanics at your local Western Auto.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.  He’s about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.