Paul Stanley Says He’d Rather Draw Attention From Being Understated Than Overstated

KISS frontman Paul Stanley teamed up with the famous collector car auction company, Barrett-Jackson, to auction off a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible. The rocker also offers an Ibanez PS120 Paul Stanley Signature guitar for the winning bidder.

After the band’s initial success, Paul Stanley purchased his first Chevrolet Corvette car in 1977. However, he realized that the car was not quite suitable for him later. Thus, the musician didn’t return using another vehicle from the brand until the C7 made its debut. Then, the rocker was asked by Mark Reuss, the president of Chevrolet, whether he would be interested in designing a 2015 Stingray model for the 2014 SEMA Show.

He agreed to work with the brand and developed a color with the design team that was inspired by a supercar extremely close to Long Beach Red, which Chevrolet started offering in 2016. Following that project, Stanley watched the brand’s future models closely. Then, he reached out to them when Chevrolet launched the 2022 Corvette convertible and reserved a car. The brand built his specially ordered Corvette and delivered it to him.

The musician recently decided to sell off his 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8, designed exclusively for him. The car has a custom metallic red tint coat, the successor to the color he created. Although Paul Stanley said he loves the car and would prefer to draw attention from being understated than overstated, he admitted he couldn’t do it justice.

So he wants to offer it for auction via Barrett-Jackson. The auction will take place at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from June 30 to July 2. It will include his customized 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8 and an autographed Ibanez PS120 Paul Stanley signature guitar.

Here are Paul Stanley’s words on his Chevrolet Corvette model:

“I spoke with Mark and Harlan Charles and put together a combination that played on the C8’s touring and sports car aspects. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking cues from other cars and embracing them. I would rather draw attention from being understated than overstated; that’s my preference. It’s an amazing car, and having it be VIN 001 is a collector’s dream.

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. 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.”

He continued:

“I didn’t expect a new model to come so quickly after the C7, and the C8 is such a leap forward design-wise. I have got to give the guys at Chevrolet a huge amount of credit. You breathe in the air and get hit by the California sun. That’s just unbeatable. The guitar is another part of my life, another aspect of who I am.

So I thought that whoever acquired the car would have another piece of who I am. I want somebody to take this car, do whatever makes them happy with it, and 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.”

You can watch a video of him introducing his 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8 below.