When you think of the popular Back to the Future film franchise, chances are that the first car which comes to mind is the all-important DeLorean DMC-12 time machine used by Marty et al. to travel between time periods.
In fact, the Back to the Future franchise featured a great number of interesting, unique automobiles, one of which was the 1946 Ford “Poop Coupe” profiled in the AficionAuto video above. The “Poop Coupe” was the car driven by antagonist Biff during an iconic scene in which he chases after main character Marty McFly and loses control of the car, spinning into a truck loaded with cow manure, much of which then spills into the cockpit.
It might provide some comfort to know that actual manure was not used in this scene from the first Back to the Future film; rather, the car was loaded with painted burlap made to resemble cow excrement. Some of that movie set burlap can still be found under the car’s seats.
The 1946 Ford “Poop Coupe” started its life as a hardtop, and was modified by the studio to take on the appearance of a convertible. In other words, it has no functional rag top. Even more interesting, it’s one of very few cars from the Back to the Future franchise which managed to make its way into private ownership, currently belonging to Dan and Rick Felice of Wisconsin, who saw the car for sale in 2008 or ’09 and simply couldn’t say no.
For a more thorough history of this remarkable movie set automobile, watch the full video above.