The flamboyant American songwriter, Janis Joplin, had one of the flashiest vehicles in the entire country: a 1965 convertible 356 C Porsche with a special design. Starting this December, Janis Joplin’s custom-made psychedelic Porsche gets auctioned at Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption exhibition in New York.
Famous soul and rock singer, Janis Joplin, preyed God to give her a Mercedes Benz, but she secretly craved for Porches. Joplin purchased the 356 C convertible Porsche in 1965, but insisted on adding her personal touch to the vehicle. According to her family, she thought the original white shade was too dull for her, so she opted for a custom-made sketch instead.
The psychedelic drawing was created by Dave Richards, her biggest fan and roadie right after the singer purchased the car. The colorful design includes a surrealistic portrait of Janis and her band members, as well as many butterflies and plants.
The 1600 Porsche became so extravagant that it was hard not to recognize it on the streets or in hotel parks. According to her sister’s declarations, Janis would always find notes from fans under the wipers when she left her car in front of the hotel entrance.
The psychedelic car was in the hands of Janis’ family after the singer died of an overdose in 1970. Her family members loaned the car to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 where it has been displayed until now.
Ian Kelleher, one of the managing directors of Sotheby’s, claims the unique design of the vehicle will determine many clients to bid larger sums. He believes the car is one of the most important Porsches in history because it bears the singer’s prints.
Auction organizers think the car could be sold in exchange for $400,000, based on the calculations they have made. This sum represents twice the value that the car is worth, in spite of its historical value. The unique portrait of the artist plays a significant part in setting the car’s value.