Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hood Ornament Not Included

Neko Case is auctioning off the car pictured here, a 1967 Mercury Cougar, which was featured in the cover of her 2009 album, Middle Cyclone.

Neko Case is not included in the purchase but the status of the sword is unclear, or so I interpret the "about the car ..." narrative:
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.
The proceeds of the auction go to 826 National, an organization whose goal is
to assist students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our work is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
For as little as $45, you can buy the raffle ticket that wins the title to that car and, indirectly, forces kids across America to write papers. What could be better? Nothing. Nothing could be better.

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