Janis Joplin sitting on her Porsche 356c with a psychedelic paint job. Photograph by Jim Marshall.
In 1968 Janis Joplin paid a Beverly Hills car dealer about $3500 for a 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet. Instead of the white paint she asked her friend Dave Richards for something more dramatic. Richards succeeded in creating a four-wheeled icon of the psychedelic era. It is painted in vivid colors, and covered with day-glo flowers, cartoon butterflies, representations of astrology, nature, and even a portrait of Janis’ band.
Later, the car was stolen and rattle-canned gray but Joplin recovered it and found a body shop to restore the custom paint job. Several replicas of Janis’ beloved 356 have been built over the years. The original (restored several times) is on show in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.