Janis Joplin’s Porsche to be Auctioned – The Ultimate Piece of Band Merch?

For that Janis Joplin fan that absolutely, truly has everything – a once in a lifetime opportunity has come about: Janis Joplin’s 1965 Porsche 356c 1600 Cabriolet will be hitting the market in an auction by Sotheby’s.

Janis Joplin's 1965 Porsche

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Bought by Janis Joplin in 1968, the Porsche was originally white – a color too boring for the 60’s singer so she asked a friend to paint it for her. What she got back is one of the most unique cars on the road – a multi-color kaleidoscope of psychedelia including images of her band, flowers and a portrait of Janis Joplin herself.

“Janis drove the car everywhere, all around San Francisco and down to Los Angeles when she was recording there,” her sister and biographer Laura Joplin said. “Wherever Janis went in the car, her fans recognized it. When she parked it and returned, there was always at least one (fan) note under the wipers.”

You can read the full story on Reuters or bid on the car on December 10th as part of Sotheby’s “Driven by Disruption” auction of uniquely styled cars.