One of the craziest Porsches ever will be at a major car-collector event


Janis Joplin’s 1968 Porsche 356 C SC cabriolet, complete with psychedelic paint scheme, will appear at the prestigious Amelia Island Concours next month.

The car was owned and driven daily by the rock legend from 1968 until her death at the age of 27 from an overdose on October 4, 1970.

According to the auction house:

“She loved it and used all 90 horsepower to good effect blasting around Los Angeles and up and down the west coast wearing the unmistakable paint applied by one of her band’s ‘roadies.’ Dave Richards took nearly a month to complete what he entitled ‘The History of the Universe’ on Jolpin’s 356 C SC Cabriolet.”

The paint is not original, however. After Joplin’s family continued to use the car after her death and returned it to its original “dolphin grey” colour.


Two artists then faithfully recreated the unique paint scheme from available photos, and it was loaned to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for almost 20 years. In 2007 it was featured in the exhibit “Summer of Love– Art of the Psychedelic Era” at the Whitney Museum in New York.

The car sold for $1.76 million at an RM Sotheby’s auction in December, smashing through the house’s pre-sale estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.

The 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held at the The Golf Club of Amelia Island, March 11-13.

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