Cool Truck for Sale: 1956 Ford F-100 With a Shelby GT350 Voodoo Engine
This truck is rebuilt in and out, and looks like a brilliant package overall!by Sidd Dhimaan, on
Believe it or not, this is actually a Ford F-Series pickup truck. Although it is far from the conventional trucks that we’re used to seeing now, this wacky design was quite common back in the day. There aren’t many examples of this old-school truck available online today, but one example has somehow arrived on the Barrett-Jackson website.
However, this particular model is highly customized and comes packed with a modern Mustang V-8 Voodoo engine under the hood. And, the best part – it is mated to a manual transmission! Is this the best package or what?
What Makes The Customized 1956 F-100 So Special?
The 1956 F-100 in question is highly customized and is set to be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale event taking place from the 11th to the 19th of January. It has been modded by West Atlanta Hot Rods, who stripped it down to its bare minimum and added an extensive list of mods:
- newly worked body panels
- rolls pans for the front and rear
- new running boards
- LED headlights and taillights
- smooth tailgate
- one-of-a-kind GT350 Cobra bed
- bed-integrated turn signals
Other than this, the rear fenders are widened by three inches.
The overall stance is striking and it has the pizzazz to make a lot of heads turn.
On the inside, the cabin is fitted with leather bucket seats and a custom center console with LEDs that houses an audio system with a rear-view camera. The customized F-100 also features Dakota Digital gauges, suede headliner, and a new Dynamat carpet for sound-dampening purposes. The F-100 comes with a Cobra independent front and rear suspension setup.
The F-100 is based on a custom boxed chassis to accommodate all the firepower from the new engine under the hood.
The 5.2-liter, V-8 engine is borrowed from the Mustang GT350. This mill comes with a flat-plane crank that makes 526 horses and 429 pound-feet of torque. It redlines at 8,250 rpm and is the highest-revving production V-8 to ever come out of Ford’s stable. To make things even better, the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It even comes with a custom Kooks exhaust system and Mishimoto polished radiator.
The Next-Gen F-Series Will Be The Fourteenth One And This One Belongs To The Second-Gen
This 1956 F-100 belongs to the second-gen F-Series truck that lived between 1953 and 1956.
It was one of the most significant generations that shaped up the future of the truck. Other than new engines, chassis, and improved dimensions, this generation marked the use of new nomenclatures that Ford continues to use even today. The second-gen F Series truck replaced the F1, F2/F3, and F4 monikers with F-100, F-250, and F-350 respectively. Fun fact: this was the first time Ford offered seat belts on the F-Series… but only as an option!
Are Lowriding Pickup Trucks Becoming a Trend?
At SEMA 2019, we saw two other hot rods, one from Chevy and one from Dodge. Chevy called in the E-10 concept, reincarnated from a 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck. However, instead of plonking it with a mighty combustion engine, GM turned it into an EV, thus reminding people that it still knows its way around EVs. The party trick in here was the sound emulator with three speakers and the five different sounds on offer. As for its drivetrain, Chevy decided to showcase its future plans with the E-10, which featured the following powertrain setup:
- Connect and Cruise concept propulsion system
- Double-stack electric crate motors that produce approximately 450 horsepower
- Power sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic gearbox
- Two 400-volt batteries
- A pair of 60-kWh battery packs borrowed from the Bolt EV
Even Mopar picked up a classic truck and customized it spectacularly. This was based on a 1968 Dodge D200 Sweptline pickup truck. Unlike other trucks at the event which looked beefy and bulky, sitting on high suspension lift kits, this little doozy was a modest, ’down to earth’ vehicle; quite literally. Not when it came to what was hiding under the metal sheets, though:
- 5.9-liter, Cummins turbodiesel six-cylinder engine
- 325 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque
- six-speed manual transmission
- rear-wheel-drive configuration
Despite being such a niche segment, we could’ve already had a competition here if the Chevy and Dodge pickups were not concepts. It will be insane if low-riding pickups become a trend, don’t you think? What next? A tug-of-war between them? Nevertheless, it’s nice to see an automotive classic being restored in the most unlikely ways. As for this ’56 Ford F-100 with the Shelby engine, you can place your bid and request more bidding information on Barrett-Jackson’s website. As I mentioned, it will be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale event held from the 11th to the 19th of January.
Although these are exquisite one-off examples, would you splurge your money on such packages today if they were available in a production form with a modern body shell? I mean, if we can have something as bizarre as the Cybertruck, anything is possible, right? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.