This Week: See Janis Joplin’s Vintage Porsche
It's your chance to see Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356, but don't wait! The appearance of the late rock star's psychedelic coupe lasts through October 9, 2016 at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners.
The car, which Joplin apparently bought used, was white. As history tells it, Joplin commissioned one of her roadies to paint the car in a more interesting pattern. He took his job seriously.
After Joplin's death in 1970, the car was retrieved from a Hollywood parking lot where she had left it. Eventually, the car made it back to her relatives. Somewhere in this period is when the car was apparently repainted its original white, according to John Lacko, one of the guest curators of the Gilmore's "Golden Age of Sports Cars 1949-67" exhibit.
Eventually, the psychedelic paint job was recreated using pictures like the large one seen behind the vehicle in the Gilmore display. The car then ended up on display at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a number of years.
The car was recently sold for a reported $1.3+ million, and will be on display this week in the "Golden Age" exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum. It debuted at a special preview event Friday, September 30, 2016.
Here are a few more sights you will see at the exhibit!