A hippie icon to auction: the Porsche 356 of Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was a hippie icon late 60. Unfortunately, he joined the “27 Club”, but not before leaving a great musical and artistic legacy. This Californian broken voice moved in a beautiful Porsche 356, decorated with psychedelic motifs , always accompanied by his dog, and his feathers to the wind. A car that was an extension of the personality of one of the queens of rock and roll, but in one of his most famous songs ask God for a Mercedes-Benz. Now you could be the owner of this piece of history.

My friends all drive Porsches

After their music, the Porsche 356 is the most important part of the legacy of Joplin.

That said Janis Joplin song “Mercedes-Benz”, but I really was in love with his Porsche 356 convertible model 1965. acquired it in 1968 from a dealer, for $ 3,500 . A sum equivalent to the price of a new muscle car that time, by the way. He was in love with the little cabrio, but his white meant nothing. Therefore, paid his friend and roadie Dave Richards to paint his body . Without thinking twice, he embarked on an “astral travel” and reflected his work in the car.

porsche-356-janis-joplin-4 A book entitled “ History of the Universe “, which included Janis Joplin and her band in one of the front wings. A Janis Joplin will love painting your car and soon became a recognizable machine in San Francisco. Fans used to leave notes and objects on it when they found parked. When Janis Joplin died in 1970 from an overdose of heroin , the car passed to his manager, who used it for a few years but the Joplin family was the legal owner of the car.

The family claimed the time to discover it in poor condition, with paint in a sorry state. The family car repainted white, but soon changed his mind: Janis would have wanted his little Porsche retain his psychedelic paintings. The artists of the Denver Center Theatre Company returned the car to its glory sixties with the help of many photographs. The car was restored and for years was on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

porsche-356-janis-joplin-9 But it’s time the car changes hands. It will be auctioned by RM Auctions in New York at an event dubbed “Driven by Disruption”. It is expected to reach a price of at least $ 400,000 .

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Source: Petrolicious
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