You might well expect a legendary 1960s psychedelic soul singer’s classic car to be, well, psychedelic.
But a first glimpse of Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356C is guaranteed to raise even the most grounded of eyebrows.
That’s why experts expect the 1600 Cabriolet to be in big demand when it comes up for auction later this year.
What’s so good about it?
Individuality: Even in a decade where distinctiveness seemed the norm, this vibrant motor stands out from the crowd.
Joplin got her used car customised to depict the universe’s life story, including pictures of jellyfish, butterflies and even the singing star herself.
History: the Porsche became synonymous with its equally surreal owner in 1960s San Francisco.
Joplin’s Porsche - a potted history
Janis Joplin - a potted history
Where can I bid for it?
The date: The evening of Thursday, December 10
The place: RM Sotheby’s 10th-storey galleries in New York, 1334 York Avenue, New York 10021 US
What the expert says: Ian Kelleher, RM Sotheby managing director, says Joplin’s classic is undeniably among history’s most significant Porsches. He says this “fantastic” machine cuts across all pop culture, art and social movements and is on a par with Joplin herself as a “stunning” ground-breaker
But be advised: you’ll need pockets as deep as your love for classic Porsches and psychedelic soul and blues rock. That’s because experts have valued the mind-bending motor at over £260,000.
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