Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic 1964 Porsche Nets $1.7M

janis joplin psychedelic porsche

Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche is now in the record books after selling for a whopping $1.76 million at auction. The 1964 Porsche 356 model is an incredible car to behold, not just for its design, but it’s place in Rock ‘n’ Roll history. So it’s no wonder that it sold for nearly three times above the RM Sotheby’s estimated $400,000-$600,000 mark.

Joplin, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 27, was the bluesy-rock singer of her generation. One of her most memorable songs Mercedes Benz started with the line “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.”

Of course, she drove a Porsche, too. She bought the 356 used in 1968 for $3,500 bucks. She got a friend to customize it with the psychedelic mural. It’s complete with her astrological sign – Capricorn – on it as well, plus a scene of Northern California. Joplin was from Port Arthur, Texas, but joined the San Francisco music scene when it was getting off the ground in the mid-1960’s.

The 4-speed manual transmission was in good condition after receiving a meticulous restoration in the early 1990s.  She reportedly used it as a daily driver until her death in 1970. Her family then owned it until selling it for its record price. Prior to auction, it sat in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland for two decades. 


Photo Credit: RM Sotheby’s
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