Janis Joplin's Porsche

Janis Joplin's Porsche

Chili bean
Chili bean

January 23rd, 2008, 9:16 pm #1

Found the following on her car:

Janis Joplin paid about $3500 for the 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet when she bought it from a Beverly Hills auto dealer in September 1968. Prior to the sale, the dealer had painted the car oyster white. Joplin, however, wanted something more dramatic, and Dave Richards, a friend and Big Brother roadie, created this psychedelic design, which includes an image of Janis and Big Brother on the front left fender.

The car quickly became identified with Joplin, who drove it around San Francisco, where she lived, and down to Los Angeles, where she recorded. Whenever she parked it somewhere, fans would leave notes under the wipers. Once, while Joplin was at a gig, the car was stolen. The thief spray painted it gray, but when it was retuned, Joplin found an auto shop that was able to recover the psychedelic finish.

A few months after Joplin’s death in 1970, her family gave the car to Albert Grossman, Janis’ manager. He kept it in Bearsville, New York, where it was used by visiting artists, friends and clients. In 1973, he returned the car to the Joplins, who used it as a family car.

The car has been restored several times over the years. Most of the engine and body parts are original. The seats have been re-covered, and the cloth on the convertible top is new. The body was repainted as close as possible to the original design by the Denver Center Theatre Company paint shop in 1994.
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Nelson
Nelson

February 1st, 2008, 5:15 am #2

Amazing that she was able to really drive around in that car. Seems like everyone would know who she was and bother/stalk her. If she were doing that in today's world, people would literally strip it if she left it parked ina parking lot, and sell the parts on eBay.
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Chili Bean
Chili Bean

February 1st, 2008, 5:17 am #3

Well, one thing to remember was that she wasn't the legend back then that she is now. Even though she was popular, her popularity didn't really begin to soar until after her death and the subsequent release of PEARL. After that, she probably wouldn't have been able to move around so freely.
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