Janis Joplin's Tripped-Out Porsche 356 Just Sold For How Much?!


Imagine this as your daily driver.

Janis Joplin was one of a kind, and so is her car. She was one of the symbols of the 1960s counterculture before dying tragically at the age of 27 on October 4, 1970. As for her car, a totally tripped out 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 CC Cabrio, it ended up going on display for the past 20 years at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yes, she drove this psychedelic 356 every day. In fact, she drove it the night she died at a Hollywood hotel. And now it's been sold at auction, having been offered by Joplin’s siblings, the car’s owners since 1973.

Someone has paid $1,760,000 for it at the Driven by Disruption auction in New York. Powered by a 95 hp, 1,582 cc air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder mated to a manual transmission, its main draw, quite obviously, is the exterior livery. Originally painted gray, Joplin bought the car second hand and then turned it over to her "roadie" and paid him $500 to make it special. He first repainted it Candy Apple Red and, inch by inch, created an artwork he called "The History of the Universe." Note the images of Big Brother and the Holding Company band members on the left side, Joplin’s astrological sign, Capricorn, on the right rear quarter-panel, and the green valley of Northern California complete with a brown road twisting beneath mountains.

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The hood contains "The Eye of the God" overseeing all else. Not a square inch of the bodywork was left untouched. Actually, the original trippy bodywork was painted over several years ago but an artist was commissioned in the early 90s to restore the unique work. Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.