We first saw Gene Simmons' 1956 Ford F100 custom truck, nicknamed Snakebit, at last year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The truck was built with factory support from Ford, and it just went up for auction here at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, accompanied, as you'd expect, with a ton of fanfare.

Sporting a 550-horsepower, supercharged, 5.4-liter V8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission borrowed from a Shelby GT500, this custom truck has been modeled to resemble a Shelby Mustang with an all-steel front fascia, headlights and hood. The rest of it has been suitably modified, too, with a custom independent front suspension system, a wheelbase stretched five inches and a billet machined bed treatment made to look like wood.

Regardless of what you think of the truck's looks or provenance, at least we can all agree that it was built and auctioned off for a good cause. The gavel fell with a high bid of $450,000, and all proceeds will go toward The Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, the home province of the family of Shannon Tweed-Simmons, wife of the previously mentioned rock star.

Check out our high-res gallery of live images above, and read the truck's official auction description below. For some extra fun while you're watching, play along online with Fox Sports' Fantasy Bid game.

UPDATE: Video of the live auction proceedings can now be seen below. Check it out!

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Ford Racing supercharged 5.4 Liter Shelby engine with a 6-speed manual transmission, Total Cost Involved custom chassis with tubular IFS, 4-link rear, Ford 9" rear end with 3.73 posi, Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes featuring 4 and 6 piston calipers, custom built ceramic coated and polished Magnafolw exhaust system. Shelby inspired all-steel front end treatment, stretched wheelbase 5" with relocated front wheelwells, Ford GT inspired sectioned dual skinned hood with relocated shut lines, scratch built widened box with all steel rear tail panel, custom tonneau cover, custom fabricated headlight and sequential tail lights, PPG Enviro Ford GT Tungsten Gray metallic body color, custom two tone leather interior with Classic gauges. Custom machine components include the Shelby inspired wheels, front and rear billet grills, bezels, trim pieces and billet machined bed floor to simulate wood. **ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL FOUNDATION OF SASKATCHEWAN**

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      • 11 Months Ago
      Autoblog, you don't do your research either. This was never Gene's automobile. This truck was made by the people of Saskatchewan (which is a province) for the people of Saskatchewan to raise money for the construction of a Children's Hospital for all Children in our province, not just kids in Saskatoon. All the parts and labor were donated by businesses people right here in Saskatchewan, and I'm sure happy that's it's coming back to Saskatchewan. We do take care of our own. The only reason Gene was even involved was because of Shannon who grew up there and they were approached beforehand about this. Once again, Gene Simmons is getting credit for something he had nothing to do with. http://globalnews.ca/news/1081451/saskatchewan-group-hopes-to-rev-up-saskatoons-childrens-hospital-fundraising-through-auction-in-arizona/
      • 11 Months Ago
      bluesnvegas you should really do your research, as talking from your a$$ is not that flattering. The person that purchased the truck, is actually from Saskatchewan, Canada. So they money spent is local and staying local, and going toward a hospital that is being supported by our Provincial Government and the people of this Province. This province has a heart and we bind together to make great things happen. If your area is in need of a hospital maybe you step outside your little box and maybe you might find some idea's incentive to help your own community.
      Kent Kangley
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's certainly an impressive truck. I'm sure the person who bought it is very pleased with themselves, but for $450k I could buy a half dozen cars that would keep me in automotive heaven for the rest of my life, and I could throw in a couple of motorcycles with the change.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Did it come with an extra pair of rear rubber after the new owner melts off the first set? Awesome truck, great cause.
      Eugen Bjørnson
      • 11 Months Ago
      Great truck to many im sure - I mean all babies are cute right ?? My problem comes with the negative attitude in the majority of the comments, which are being made from who I'm guessing are from the Almighty Great Province of Saskatchewan - surely your not ALL dumb ignorant hillbillies. With that said, YAY, a truck was sold as were many more vehicles than JUST this one , so what if some borderline cute girl found her way to the Playboy Mansion ... she wasnt the only one either. Furthermore, why didnt Gene pay a cool mill for the truck to make it HIS OWN, surely A&E paid him something, not to forget the dollars made from an illustrious career as a co-founding member of KISS, cheapskate! All I can say is this better be one hell of a great facility (children's hospital) when all i said and done - what am I saying, of course it will, it's in SASKATCHEWAN. By the way, why wasnt this truck painted GREEN, that is the provincial coloUr is it not? Comment but dont expect a reply, this was yesterday's news I dont plan on reading twice.
      • 11 Months Ago
      How much do they want for Gene's wig..??
      • 11 Months Ago
      That's a cheap Fender guitar and not even a Bass guitar like Gene plays! Go figure! And why help a Socialist country when we need hospitals all over America? Because the skirt says so!
      • 11 Months Ago
      nice truck
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      Lyle Glessing
      • 11 Months Ago
      this was never Gene simmons truck...ever. It was donated by people from saskatoon, sk. his wifes home town. get your facts straight
      • 11 Months Ago