Paul Stanley Puts His 2022 Chevy Corvette Stingray To Auction
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KISS’ co-founder, frontman and rhythm guitarist, Paul Stanley, is putting his custom made 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 to the 2022 Las Vegas Auction at the end of June. The car also includes a signed Ibanez PS120 Paul Stanley signature guitar.
According to Stanley, having the guitar is the perfect way to combine two of his passions:
“The guitar is another part of my life, another aspect of who I am. So I thought that whoever acquire the car would have another piece of who I am.
“I want somebody to take this car and do whatever makes them happy with it, to enjoy it. That’s really the keyword, I think, for any collector of anything — joy. And for me, my life has always been about the joy I can bring to other people. So here’s a car and a guitar. Go enjoy.”
On the video uploaded by Barrett-Jackson, the collection of cars auction, Stanley said about the car:
“This one was made especially for me by my friends Mark Royce and Harlan Charles and all those great people at Chevrolet.”
In 2013, Stanley met Chevrolet’s top executives at the launch of the C7 Corvette. Later on, he was asked by Mark Reuss, the president of Chevrolet, if he would like be a part of the design team for the 2015 Stingray model showed on the 2014 SEMA Show.
Stanley agreed and together, they’ve worked with a Long Beach Red color, which Chevrolet began offering in 2016. Inspired by this, the C8 has a Metallic Red Tint Coat exterior paint color, powered by a 6.2-liter V8 paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The car’s VIN is 001, which means it’s the very first production model of the car ever made.
The rocker loves the car, but he is putting it for auction because he “couldn’t do it justice.” He said:
“I want to make it available to somebody who might be able to get more out of it, whether it’s to add to a collection or to drive it.
“I didn’t come from a family that could afford a new car for themselves, let alone help me with one.”
Stanley’s first ever car was a 1960 Rambler American, which had cost him $35. He added:
“It was completely smashed on one side, and you couldn’t open the door. So when I used to pick up dates at that point in my life, I had to crawl in on the passenger side. I would always park the car so that whomever I was picking up didn’t see that the other side of the car was demolished.”
After the band’s success, he bought a brand new car that was a 1977 Corvette. Stanley really did come a long way and went to full circle with cars. The auction will take place at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from June 30 to July 2.
Watch the video of Stanley introducing the car below.