Neko Case is fantastic. We love love love her music. And we loved her recent album, Middle Cyclone, not least becaue it featured a sweet illustration of Ms. Case riding on the hood of once very sweet 1967 Mercury Cougar.
Now Neko Case is putting the Cougar up for auction to benefit one of our favorite nonprofit organizations, 826 National, a writing and literacy tutoring program for kids.
Introduced in 1967 and named that year's Motortrend Car of the Year, this burgundy Mercury Cougar came standard with a hardtop 289 V8 and serious muscle. It's got an automatic transmission, 3-speed “Merc-o-matic,” red interior with aqua space lights, wood steering wheel, hideaway headlights, sequential tail lights, and a fully wired car stereo. Only sold in two-door. Neko named this car “Angie Dickinson,” and it’s only had two owners and has its original paint. There is enough room in the back of the car to move a small apartment, house your lending library, or to fit your band’s gear (or your kid’s band’s gear!). The beloved photo of Neko standing on the Cougar on the Middle Cyclone album cover has been nominated for the 2009 “Best Recording Package” Grammy.
Get in if you want the Cougar, but even if you can't swing the car, you can also get a lovely t-shirt with an illustration drawn by Neko Case. And enjoy the fun video she produced to help move some metal: