You may not recognize Gene Simmons without his KISS make-up but his truck was a star of the Ford Blue Oval’s SEMA stand. Somehow he and his team managed to combine a 1956 F-100 with styling cues and the heart of a Shelby Mustang with a silver-on-silver custom paint job. The Snakebit uses the same grille as the Shelby ‘Stang at the front but has the tray of the F-100 at the back. The Snakebit 1956 Ford F-100 is a massive 5.4-liter V8 that pumps out an immense 550 horsepower. The supercharged V8 is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The wheelbase has been stretched 12.7 centimetres, while the box has been widened and dressed with a billet machined floor to mimic wood. It is topped with a custom tonneau cover. The headlights and sequential tail-lights are custom-built, while 18-inch front and the 20-inch rear wheels are also inspired by Shelby Mustangs. It rides on Shelby-inspired 18-inch front alloys and 20-inch rear rims.
The project truck is called Snakebit and it is the brainchild of Tom Foster of Industrial Machine & Manufacturing, a car builder based in Saskatchewan. The truck will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson, and the proceeds will go to fund a children’s hospital in Saskatoon, Canada, the hometown of Simmons’ wife Shannon Tweed. That’s her on the left.