Remember way back in the Nineties when plaid and grunge were so much of a fashion statement Marc Jacobs attempted to monetize the trend (the end result being dismissed by his then-employer Perry Ellis)? Around that same time, a certain hip-hop artist emerged from the den of detuned punk and evergreens to make big backsides en vogue, doing quite well in the process.
Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot (née Anthony Ray) is a fixture in the city’s music scene, from his co-founding of label Nastymix with DJ Nasty Nes in 1983, to his current production work for local rock group Ayron Jones and The Way. He also happens to be an exotic car aficionado, his garage filled with Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and of course, Porsches.
If you ever dreamed of sitting in one of his many rides, you are now in luck: the Mack Daddy himself has put his 1984 Gemballa Porsche 935 slantnose convertible – named Blurple, because it’s purple and goes like a blur – up for sale with Cats Exotics in nearby Lynnwood, Wash.
“He’s had this car way back since it was on the cover of his biggest selling album. He’s just decided that it’s time to let it go. He doesn’t drive it as much, so we’re selling it for him,” said Cats Exotics owner Roy Cats.
A fellow car aficionado and long-time friend of Sir Mix-A-Lot, Cats has sold and traded a number of cars with him for years, including a recent trade on the latter’s orange Lamborghini Murcielago for a black McLaren MP4-12C. Other major public figures to have bought from him include actor Nicholas Cage, rapper Missy Elliot, numerous professional athletes, members of Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders, and the well-moneyed princes in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
Regarding Blurple, the Porsche has had $15,000 worth of work completed to bring the car back in order prior to sale. Cats states the 935 received extensive customization work back in the day, such as the Gemballa Avalanche body kit adorning the sides and rear, all performed by Bimmers & Benz of Moore, Okla.
The price of admission for this slice of celebrity: $49,880.
“It’s worth every penny,” Cats said. “It’s just in an immaculate condition. The paint’s stunning, not to mention that it’s just a piece of icon history. It’ll be remembered forever because [it was] on the cover of the biggest-selling album that he did. It’s just a one of a kind car.”
Regarding who would go for Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 935, Cats identified two types of individuals: Porsche fans and/or collectors into celebrity or star cars. He did note that though celebrity cars such as Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 935 have a lot going for them based on the owner alone, it doesn’t mean that the cars’ price tags have to necessarily go up to match the hype. Only through extensive documentation, like the kind the 935 has experienced in its 30 years on the road, can a potentially unique machine merit the price asked.
Of course, throwing in a bonus helps, as well:
“Whoever buys this car, if they want, can personally meet [Sir Mix-A-Lot] and get a signed autograph with him with the car, or a copy of the album signed by [him], whichever they want.”
As far as selling the car on eBay, Cats explained that the car might not make it to the auction site:
“We just got the car in recently, and we haven’t even listed it on our site yet. We just put it up on my Facebook… and we’ve already gotten a lot of interest on it. To be honest with you, I don’t think it’ll make it to eBay or on our site; it’ll sell prior to then. But we’ll have to see.”
Photo credit: Roy Cats/Cats Exotics