Rare Porsches Owned By Nic Cage, Janis Joplin Coming To Gilmore Car Museum
A Porsche owned by one of Hollywood's biggest car collectors, Nicolas Cage and a rare psychedelic Porsche owned by 60's rock icon Janis Joplin will be at the Gilmore Car Museum.
“The Golden Age of Sports Cars, 1949-1967” is the all-new special exhibition opening at the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, October 1st and going until April 2017.
This exhibit showcases nearly two dozen of rarest and most sought after sports cars in the world including: Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicolas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, the race inspired 1955 Mercedes Benz Gull Wing, and an authentic Shelby Cobra 427.
For a very short period, guests will be able to see Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche that set a world record price paid for a Porsche 356 when it was sold in 2015 by Sotheby’s Auction. The car is slated for only the first 10 days of the exhibit.
Joplin purchased the Porsche used in 1968 and had it painted bumper to bumper in a mural which includes psychedelic skull-like faces, mushrooms, and floating eyes as well as landscapes, butterflies, and birds.
The car became Joplin’s daily driver in the San Francisco Bay area and its said that fans would often leave notes for her under the windshield wipers.
Nicolas Cage is quite the car collector.
A bright yellow 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4 was bought new right out of a dealer’s showroom with the same horsepower as Ferrari race engines and once belonged to Cage.
According to a Gilmore release, "While multiple replicas of Carroll Shelby’s famed Cobra 427 have been built by hobbyist the Gilmore Car Museum’s exhibit features a very rare authentic example. The unaltered 1967 Cobra is one of only 30 “Street” versions produced and was delivered new by Brondes Ford of Toledo, OH and is the 6th from the last Cobra ever produced. It is capable reaching 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 163 mph."