Janis Joplin once asked the lord to buy her a Mercedes-Benz. But her preferred mode of transportation was from a different German automaker. Joplin’s daily driver was a 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet with a psychedelic paint job. After spending 20 years at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the trippy Porsche was just sold at RM Sotheby’s Driven By Disruption aution for $1.76 million.
The car, which far exceeded the pre-auction estimate of $400,000-$600,000, was originally purchased by the soulful singer in 1968 for all of $3,500. Joplin then paid a roadie named Dave Roberts $500 to transform the Porsche’s original grey paint job into a kaleidoscopic mural referred to as “The History Of The Universe.” A Capricorn, Joplin’s astrological sign, adorns the right rear quarter panel and “The Eye Of God” is depicted on the hood. This is definitely the world’s premier high performance hippiemobile.
After Joplin’s death in 1970, her music manager drove it before her siblings eventually took possession. It was installed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was on display there before coming up for auction this year.
The Porsche has a 95-horsepower, 1,582cc four-cylinder engine and was restored in the 1990s, so it is ready to hit the road. The winning bidder was not revealed.
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