'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Inspired Ford F-150 Up For Auction in Texas (PHOTOS)

Apr 29, 2015 08:00 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro


If you're an admirer of the movie "American Sniper," there's an upcoming auction that you won't want to miss.

Texas-based car dealership Lewisville Autoplex is raffling off a one-year lease to a custom F-150 pickup truck inspired by "American Sniper" Chris Kyle.

The digital camouflaged F-150 was built to help out the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit after dealership owner David Baum, his two brothers and son David Baum Jr. attended a function in Hamilton, Texas last year.

"We saw all of the great auction items that they had and we wanted to come up with a unique item that we could offer," Lewisville Autoplex Partner David Baum Jr. told AutoWorldNews.

Recognized as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with a combined 160 confirmed kills, Kyle served four tours in Iraq and other operations for the U.S. Navy & Marines. He was fatally shot at a shooting range in 2013 by a fellow vet only a year after his memoir, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," was released.

The book went on to become a best-seller and served as the inspiration for the hit-movie "American Sniper" directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper.

Baum Jr. and his dad actually got the chance to meet Chris during a book signing held in Texas.

"Meeting Chris and his wife was a real honor," he said. "He autographed copies of his book for us and actually spent a few minutes talking with us. He was very friendly and easy to talk to."

The truck features a 5.0-liter V8 engine, LED-laced bumpers made by Dallas-based Road Armor, 20 inch-Fuel wheels and 35-inch off-road Gateway Tires.

Vehicle wrap company, Skinz, designed the digital camouflage that wraps around the entire truck, and both the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit and The Guardian's For Heroes Foundation logos can be spotted on the door and rear, respectively.

The skull logo found in the seats, the rear and the hood of the truck were, of course, designed by Kyle himself.

"I think that the truck turned out great," Baum Jr. said. "Driving it down the road turns everyone's head.  We have also taken the truck to various events to show it off and sell tickets and the response from everyone has been great."

An online raffle for the vehicle is up now on Raffle River. The auction runs until May 2 and all entries are $100 each.

The current bid on the truck is up to almost $47,000, but it's expected to go for much more than that.

"We set a maximum number of 1,000 tickets to we feel that everyone has a great chance to be the lucky winner at the upcoming event," said David.

Wayne Kyle, Chris' dad, will be on hand to draw the winning ticket at the end of the benefit on Saturday night. The winner of the truck will be able to stop by Lewisville Autoplex on May 4 for the formal presentation.

All net proceeds from the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit go to The Guardian for Heroes Foundation.

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