She bought the car after seeing another prowling the hills of San Francisco. Janis Joplin found her Porsche in 1968, and she found it in Beverly Hills. The car in question is a 1964 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet, and it needed a paint job suitable to serve as the daily driver for a rock goddess. That task fell to Joplin's roadie Dave Richards, who covered the car in a motif of artwork matching of the character and nature of the girl with the tremendous voice who sat in the driver's seat.
Sadly, Janis Joplin died at the age of 27. Her now iconic Porsche was parked in the garage of the Hollywood hotel where she passed. The car was rescued and eventually her family took ownership of it. Years later they returned the car to its original Dolphin Gray color. That style didn't suit the car though, and through extensive photographic records the car was eventually returned to its Joplin Livery.
After spending 20 years on the main floor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the car has finally been sold off by way of a RM Auction. The initial estimate range of the sale was listed as $400,000 to $600,000. Those we know understood that these numbers are low, as a wealthy music lover will snatch up this icon and pay far more than what RM expected.
The hammer fell. Finally sale price for the Joplin Porsche? $1.76 million. To the new owner, all we can say is "You know you've got it, and we hope it makes you feel good".
Juan Manual Fangio's 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by ScagliettiEnlarge Photo
Another iconic vehicle crossed the RM block, but this one didn't belong to a singer. Instead it belonged to El Maestro. At least, he was the one who piloted the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM to a fourth place finish in the 1956 Mille Miglia. That same year, this Ferrari took a 3rd place finish at the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometers race at the hands of a four-driver team that included Phil Hill. Its racing pedigree is solid, but it's the overall gorgeous classic race car Ferrari styling that has our tongues out and wagging.
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Pre-auction estimates for this car were clearly spot on, as they stated a range of $28 million to $32 million. The final sale price of the car was $28.05 million. Considering the current value trend of all classic Ferrari machines, especially the ones that hit the track with big name drivers behind the wheel, the new owner should see a solid return on this purchase down the road.
...which is insane, since it's already worth around $30 mil.