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Janis Joplin’s 1965 Porsche 356C Is As Unique As Her Music [VIDEO]

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Janis Joplin 1965 Porsche 356C
(Photo : YouTube/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum) Janis Joplin's 1965 Porsche 356C is a reflection of her personality and music. It has been on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1995.

She has been called the one of the greatest female blues artists of all time. Janis Joplin's music and stage presence were larger than life, and her influence spread to everyone (and everything) she came in contact with. Originally from Texas, Joplin eventually made her way to California, where she exploded onto the music scene.


By the mid-60s, Joplin was gaining fame as a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic blues band from San Francisco. In September 1968, Joplin purchased a 1965 Porsche 356C cabriolet in Oyster White for $3,500.

Joplin had David Richards, a roadie for Big Brother, paint the entire car in a psychedelic design, including portraits of the band members on the front left fender. This car, which came to be known as "The History of the Universe," (LifeBuzz) became instantly recognizable to passersby, who would leave notes for Joplin under the windshield wipers.

The Porsche was stolen at one point and repainted, but was later recovered and restored to its original condition.

Joplin was found dead on October 4, 1970 of a drug overdose, thus joining the infamous "27 Club." Her Porsche was found in the parking lot outside her Hollywood motel room.

A few months after Joplin's death, her Porsche was given to her former manager, Albert Grossman. He returned the car to the Joplin family in 1973.

The car has undergone several restorations and includes a new cloth top, but the engine and most other parts are original. It has been on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1995.

At Joplin's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, her old friend and attorney Bob Gordon said that he recalls "being scared to death while she was driving on the windy part of Sunset Boulevard at 90 miles per hour in her famous Porsche" (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum).

The Porsche 356 was in production from from 1950-1965. Its replacement, the legendary 911, was introduced in 1963, but Porsche produced the 356 for two extra years. The updated 356C ran for the final two years of production and featured a more powerful engine and disc brakes (Hagerty).

More footage of the car can be found in this video:


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