Janis Joplin Porsche 356 sold for $1.76 Million

It’s not that often that classic cars make international headlines. And if they do, it’s often a Ferrari that is sold for a record amount; a Ferrari 250 GTO anybody? This car however is a bit different. A 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet estimated at $400,000-500,000, but sold for a whopping $1,76 million! The car widely known as the Janis Joplin Porsche 356.

Janis Joplin bought this second-hand car in 1968 and asked her friend Dave Richards to transform it into an automotive ‘History of the Universe’-mural. Resulting in one of the first true ‘art-cars’. Janis ‘Queen of Rock’n’Roll’ Joplin used the car extensively as a daily driver. After she died, at the age of 27, the car remained in the Joplin family and was put on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. In the 1990s the car’s unique exterior was given a fresh overhaul by Jana Mitchell and Amber Owen.

Fast forward to yesterday when this Porsche 356 was auctioned at RM Sotheby’s ‘Driven By Disruption’ auction in New York City. (Art) collectors engaged in a bidding war, resulting in a record for any Porsche sold at a public auction. Which is obviously a result of the famous owner and the unique looks that reflect the spirit of an era, as not so much the car itself. But very likely a wise investment …