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Janis Joplin's 1965 Porsche 356 C Goes Under the Hammer: Get It While You Can

Break another little bit of Janis Joplin’s heart and bid for this unique piece of machinery. Is it beautiful? It’s a classic Porsche, what do you think? Is it famous? A legendary rock artist drove it throughout her short, yet powerful artistic journey. She asked the Lord to get her a Mercedes Benz, even though all her friends drove Porsches. She did give in eventually.
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The way things change in the music industry has always been influencing automakers, and that’s a fact. Even so, we can’t help but notice how much the Porsche customer changed through the last decades.

Janis Joplin was as colorful and energetic in her everyday life as she was on stage and in her music. As part of the psychedelic rock era of the 1960s that would often blend with the hippie culture, the legendary artist never was much of a materialist person. Nor was she a car person. But that was the way the cookie crumbled back in the day: “My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.

Was Porsche famous in the rock arena of the day? Well, let us just remember of the same song a little further: “Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends/ So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”

The iconic “Mercedes Benz” song remains one of the most famous ones in the rock legend singer’s history. However, believe it or not, Janis Joplin ended up with a Porsche herself. She bought the 1965 model in 1968 and immediately handed over to Dave Richards, a friend and a roadie with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. The kaleidoscopic mural you can observe on the entire vehicle is his work of art.

Described by Richards to represent “The History of the Universe,” the dramatic artwork included graphics as butterflies and jellyfish, as well as a portrait of Joplin with members of the band. Whenever it would show up, fans knew it was hers. Unfortunately, she only drove the vehicle two years. Following the artist’s untimely passing in 1970, the Porsche 356 C 1600 Cabriolet remained in her family’s ownership ever since, having been restored in the 1990s. A legend
It’s not just the fact we’re looking at a legendary vehicle that comes with a legendary fame factor, but it’s also a rare occasion itself, considering it was literally taken out of the museum.

It’s been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland for two decades. For some reason, the owners have decided to put it out there once again, as it is offered at RM’s New York auction on December 10.

Assuming you love cars as much as we do, there’s only one way we can end this post:

“I'd say get it while you can, yeah! / Honey, get it while you can, / Hey, hey, get it while you can, / Don't you turn your back on love, no, no!”

 
 
 
 
 

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