Meet Mark May and his very cool 1965 Dodge Coronet from Edgewater, Florida. Mark spent his life in the auto-parts business, joining up in his 20’s with a Speed Equipment auto parts store in his then home state of Wisconsin. Working at that store for about 12 years gave him the confidence to venture into his own store that initially sold Speed parts and morphed into regular auto parts later for about 35 years. He visited Florida during the winter for bike week and said to his wife Rosemarie how he would love to enjoy Florida’s beautiful winter weather and that was that! Moving from Wisconsin in the fall of ‘09 he acquired the shop he was looking for in Edgewater that happened to have a house with it!

No stranger to working on cars, Mark had always wanted to build a “tribute” car to the old AF/X cars famous of the early 60’s. He had drag raced, did the oval deal and even some ice racing but work always got in the way. His Dad’s best friend had a Dodge Dealership and in his early youth, this is where he gleamed his trade. He worked at washing cars, parts and more until the Speed Shop. He was a Mopar guy all the way he says, Dick Landy of course was one of his favorite racers back then.

Fast forward to about 4 years ago and this 1965 Coronet is what he found in Fort Lauderdale, but in very rough shape. Undaunted, Mark began the task of transforming his car into one sweet ride. Mark was always building various cars for customers but had a “bucket list” of cars he kept building and checking off as having been there done that, but this one was the next to last on his list so he dove right in.

Final Notice is powered by a 440 cu in, 9.5:1 engine that he bought at an old Farm Sale! It features a pushbutton 727 trans, Mopar rear with 3:73 gears (suregrip differential), Speedway Motors straight axle, fiberglass hood, trunk, front and rear bumpers too! Mark did all his own work on the car except having the transmission rebuilt at Gary’s Transmissions in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. with a 2500 stall converter and (unkown) shift kit. Its the ONLY thing he had to farm out and pay for. He moved the rear wheels ahead 15 inches and fronts 10 inches. Owner made 6 point roll cage. He’s sure he saved this car from the crusher he says as there was so much rot in it.

Paint was applied by Mark and is a Dupont White with a little pearl in it and House of Color Candy Tangerine. His buddy owns Becker Signs from Wisconsin Rapids and every winter when he comes to visit Mark has a project for him and thanks him for the great job he did on this car. The Simpson parachute is functional. Bucket seats from Speedway Motors, cheater slicks and owner-built custom “fool injection” he calls it (its got an Offy intake with a 750 Holley double pumper carb under there!), rounds out the drag race era go-goodies.

I don’t know about you but I’ve followed these cars all my life it seems, having grown up in the “Era” of drag cars, muscle cars and more. Mark gave me a ride in it and what a thrill! We attracted so much attention! You would have thought we were transported back in time where inginuity, hard work and simple times prevailed. While this car may have been headed to the crusher, and way too many have met this fate, Mark sure hit the nail on the head building this car. Thank goodness for people like him and while it may say “Final Notice”, I’m sure it will get all the Notice Mark had ever hoped for! Watch out for this one COOL RIDE! 

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