When Gene Simmons, frontman for 1970s rock band Kiss, gets involved with a project truck, you can bet the pyrotechnics are going to fly. In this case it was a 1956 Canadian-built Ford F-100 first seen at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. It sold for a whopping $450,000 during a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 17.
The truck is a classically restored and lowered F-100 with a Shelby Mustang GT powertrain and six-speed transmission. Simmons was on hand at the auction, along with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. Proceeds from the purchase of the muscle pickup truck will help build a pediatric hospital near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed, grew up.
The truck was purchased by Saskatchewan businessman Gord Broda, who said he was happy to help get the hospital built.