Paul Stanley of Kiss Auctions His 2022 Chevrolet C8 Corvette – Robb Report
Kiss frontman Paul Stanley knows his Chevrolet C8 Corvette is a “collector’s dream,” so he wants to make sure it goes to someone who can really appreciate it.
The rocker is teaming up with Barrett-Jackson to sell his 2022 Stingray Convertible at the auction house to come Las Vegas Sale. It’s not just any old car owned by a celebrity, it was the first C8 will roll off the line in the final model year.
Stanley, also known as Starchild, and the Corvette go way back. In fact, the sports car was the first new vehicle the singer and guitarist bought himself in 1977, following his band’s breakthrough earlier that decade, according to Barrett-Jackson. He would later get to know some of General Motors’ superiors when the C7 was launched in 2013 and was even asked to help design a special SEMA version of this car next year. When the 2022 C8 convertible was announced, he rushed to make his reservation. GM noticed it and decided to give it something special: the first model year production car.
That’s right, Stanley’s 2022 C8 convertible carries VIN 001. The rocker, which already has owns a 2020 Stingray coupe, knows how special that makes the car, but it also made him wonder if someone else would make better use of the vehicle. After deciding he “couldn’t do it justice”, Stanley decided the best thing to do was to auction it off.
“I want to make it available to someone who could get the most out of it, whether adding it to a collection or driving it,” he said in the statement.
The winning bidder will get more than just a car with a rich pedigree and a coveted number. Stanley’s convertible is finished in a handsome coat of Red Mist Metallic accented with gloss black aerodynamic elements, including a rear spoiler. This hue is offset quite well by the vehicle’s seat interior and pewter wheels, which help give it a warmer feel than you normally get from American sports cars. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LT2 V8, mated to an eight-speed manual transmission and capable of producing 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque.
You’ll have the opportunity to bid on Stanley’s C8 convertible at the Barrett-Jackson event in Las Vegas, which runs from June 30 to July 2. The vehicle is sold without reserve and comes with an autographed Ibanez PS120, which is the rocker’s signature. . Be warned, though, VIN 001 ‘Vettes can get expensive.