Believe it or not, Janis Joplin did not drive a Mercedes Benz. When she made the big time in 1968, she bought a a 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet. To be fair, she didn’t write the song "Mercedes Benz" until 1970, and the lyric did mention Porsches. The car she drove was customized with a psychedelic paint job that became instantly recognizable wherever she drove.
In many serious car-collecting circles, a custom paint job on such a vehicle would be considered sacrilege. But then, this was Janis Joplin’s car. She engaged her friend and Big Brother and the Holding Company roadie Dave Richards to customise it with a kaleidoscopic mural. Richards described the paint job as representing the history of the universe. And Joplin was regularly seen cruising the streets of San Francisco behind the wheel.
The car has been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland since 1995, but it will go up for auction through Sotheby’s in December. According to The Guardian, the auction house expects the car to bring in $400,000. The Driven By Disruption sale will take place in New York on December 10th. -via Uproxx