A 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace car, originally bought by KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is being auctioned on eBay. The star guitarist’s sister-in-law explained, “Ace gave me the car as a gift for my high school graduation. So this car is not only gorgeous, it has a really cool history for any Ace fan or collector.”
With 55,814 miles on the odometer, the car appears to be in good shape from the extensive gallery of photos provided. With two days remaining, the reserve bid has not been met. At last look, the bidding was at sitting just shy of $20K. Bidding ends around 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, on Sunday, February 20th.
Also included in the auction is one of the on-again, off-again star’s autographed Epiphone guitars. Ace recently added his autograph to the glove box and the driver’s door of the ‘Vette. The winning bidder will also receive a photo of Ace with the car and a Certificate of Authenticity.
1978 marked the nameplate’s 25th Anniversary, as well as – remarkably – being the first time for a Corvette to pace the historic race. The actual pace cars used a completely stock drivetrain and were the first-ever to use a one-piece fiberglass body. As well, they were the only true two-seater cars to see such duty since before World War II.
The pace car replicas offered to the public also had their own Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which was separate from the standard Corvette – making it another first for the marque. The difference between the VIN number for the standard Corvette and pace car replica is in the eighth digit, where the pace car replica has a ‘9’ and the regular Corvette a ‘4.’ Beyond this, the paint scheme, which consists of a two tone paint with a red stripe, is unique to the 1978 pace car.
The car is currently located in White Plains, New York, a suburb of New York City, near the Connecticut border. If you are a charter member of the KISS Army, this is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss. If you’re just a regular ‘Vette collector, you may want to brush up on your makeup techniques.