By: Jim Johnson
While Janis Joplin sang about her dream of owning a Mercedes Benz, off stage, she drove a Porsche — a very unique one.
Soon, her 1965 Porsche 356c 1600 Cabriolet – with a one-of-a-kind psychedelic paint job – will go up for bids. The sports car, which has been displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, could bring upwards of $400k when Sotheby’s of New York auctions it on December 10.
According to the auction house, the blues rock legend had a friend repaint the white convertible with a kaleidoscopic theme featuring butterflies, jellyfish and a portrait of Janis with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Her sister Laura Joplin adds, “Janis drove the car everywhere, all around San Francisco and down to Los Angeles when she was recording there. Wherever Janis went in the car, her fans recognized it. When she parked it and returned, there was always at least one [fan] note under the wipers.” (Reuters)