Paul Stanley’s Reasoning for Auctioning His Historic Corvette May Surprise You

When you get to browsing online and looking up some of the most impressive celebrity car collections, you’ll find some rare and expensive gems. From Hollywood titans to music industry icons, passion for legendary rides is prominent in celebrity circles. One such famous person is Paul Stanley of KISS. One of his cars, a historic Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, is an absolute one of a kind.

Surprisingly, Stanley announced he had plans to auction off his beloved Corvette. Industry enthusiasts are chomping at the bit to learn more about where they might see this car and just how much it may fetch at auction. Others are scratching their heads. Why would Paul Stanley sell such a beauty? His reasoning for actioning his Chevrolet Corvette Stingray might surprise you.

Why is Paul Stanley selling his beloved Corvette?

Paul Stanley from KISS and previous owner of a historic Corvette.
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When KISS lead singer Paul Stanley first ordered his 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible, he had no idea he would own such a historic ride. He’s owned other Corvettes, including the first one he purchased after KISS made it big, the 1977 Corvette. He also bought the first mid-engine Corvette Stingray produced in 2020. Stanley tweeted back then, “it raises the bar” and said, “it’s a machine I’m proud to drive.” But the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is more iconic, and it may be just as legendary as KISS.

So, why sell it? Fox News shared the story and suggested that the KISS frontman doesn’t feel like he’s “doing it justice.” Stanley said he would rather a custom car this incredible be in the hands of “somebody [else] who might be able to get more out of it.” This car would be an ideal addition to someone’s Corvette collection or for someone who intended to drive this powerful car. In a way, it’s surprising Stanley feels he’s not quite good enough to own a car this special.

What makes Stanley’s Corvette so special

The 2022 Chevy Corvette Stingray Paul Stanley is putting up for auction is particularly unique. He nabbed the first C8 model year off the production line with the VIN 001. This isn’t just another high-priced, celebrity-owned sportscar. Stanley calls it “a collector’s dream,” as the Robb Report noted.

The specs on this incredible car

The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is beautifully equipped with the Stingray’s aggressive front splitter and side skirts, the high wing option, and those Edge Yellow brake calipers. It’s finished with a Red Mist Metallic Tint, brilliantly complemented by the Saddle interior and the warmer feeling pewter wheels.

Under the hood, this sweet and unique ride houses a monstrous 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine. There’s an eight-speed manual transmission, too. This Corvette Stingray can chomp pavement with 490 hp and 456 ft-lb of torque. It’s hard to say how much Stanley’s C8 will go for at auction. However, to ballpark it, according to Corvette Blogger, the first C8 Corvette Z06 fetched $3.6 million at a Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, AZ sale.

If you want a glimpse of Paul Stanley’s incredible Corvette, you can visit the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas. Starchild’s VIN 001 will be rolling down the line in 2022 between June 30 and July 2. And to sweeten the deal, Stanley’s throwing in a killer Ibanez PS120 guitar with his signature. Getting a historic Corvette and a KISS signature guitar might be the ultimate auction mash-up!

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