Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356 is For Sale
In many ways, this is already the perfect Porsche: it’s been owned by a single family for decades, has been well cared for, and is one of the most desirable 356 models. But, wait—what kind of paint job is that?
On any other car, its hand-painted psychedelic mural would have long since been concealed—in fact, a thief once tried to do just that—but Janis Joplin’s 365 was far from normal. After her album Cheap Thrills became a hit, the used Cabriolet was bought in Beverly Hills, quickly becoming known across the California music scene.
Customized by her roadie and friend Dave Richards, this work is titled, “History of the Universe,” and sees the car reimagined as a sort of psychedelic turtle, carrying all of creation on its back. In other words, it’s groovy.
Formerly on long-term display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on loan from Joplin’s family, it’ll be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Driven By Disruption sale in New York on December 10. Are you cool enough to drive The Queen of Psychedelic Soul’s Porsche?