The Shelby-inspired 1956 F-100 “Snakebit” unveiled by KISS-bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, Shannon Tweed-Simmons, at this past 2013 SEMA show, made its way through Barrett-Jackson and sold for a staggering $450,000 to help build a children’s hospital in Saskatchewan.
Built with factory support from Ford, this supercharged truck generates 550 horsepower out of a 5.4L V-8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission from a Shelby GT500, but that’s not the only thing screaming Mustang on this truck. The all-steel front fascia, headlights, and hood transform the front of the truck to look like a Shelby Mustang.
The custom chassis is by Total Cost Involved with a Ford 9-inch rear outfitted with 3.73 gears and a posi. The stopping is provided by Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes featuring 4- and 6-piston calipers. And providing the soundtrack is a custom built and ceramic-coated Magnaflow exhaust system. The body is painted PPG Enviro Ford GT Tungsten Gray metallic, and the interior is matched with custom two-tone leather and classic gauges. Other modifications include a custom independent front suspension system, extended wheel base of five inches, and a machined truck bed made to resemble wood.
With a modern Mustang front end on a classic Ford truck, many mixed feelings have been expressed online regarding the build. Whether you dig the truck or not, we can all agree that this old Ford was built for a good cause – The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan – home to the family of Shannon Tweed-Simmons.