Make us your home page

My First Car: 1931 Chevrolet Coupe, Gilbert Jones, 89, St. Petersburg

'31 Chevrolet Coupe

I graduated from St. Petersburg Senior High and needed a car for transportation to St. Petersburg Junior College on Fifth Avenue. There were no buses then, and the streetcars did not go out that far. Everyone needed a ride, so my friends took the same classes as I did so we could all ride together. The war had just ended and cars were almost impossible to find at any price. Since my dad owned 10th Street Garage on Fifth Avenue, he was able to get the 1931 Chevrolet Coupe for me for $200. I went in the service. My brother used the car until I returned. I sold it and bought a 1937 Studebaker Dictator to go to FSU in Tallahassee. It had just gone co-ed (it was previously Florida State College for Women) and UF also went co-ed. I didn't think the '31 coupe would ever make the long trip. The car brings back many fond memories.

Tell us your love story

What's your story behind your favorite car? We're highlighting some of your beloved wheels. Here's what we need:

• Your name.

• City where you live.

• Age (with your date of birth).

• Year, make and model of the car.

• A description of the car and why you love it.

• A high-resolution photo or a scanned image. (The photo must be of the actual car.)

• Send these

to drive@

We're still accepting submissions for

My First Car.

So keep them coming!

My First Car: 1931 Chevrolet Coupe, Gilbert Jones, 89, St. Petersburg 07/25/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 23 seek vacant PSC post


    There is another Mariano seeking a job in Tallahassee.

  2. Florida raises insurance regulation grade from C to B


    When it comes to regulating insurance, Florida is slowly improving. The Sunshine State raised its grade from a C in 2016 to a B in 2017 on the "R Street 2017 Insurance Regulation Report Card." It ranked No. 15 among all states.

  3. US travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline


    NEW YORK — Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over declines in international tourism to the U.S. and announced plans to reverse the trend.

  4. Italian Butterfingers? Nestle selling candy business for $2.9B


    NEW YORK — Swiss food and drink giant Nestle is selling its U.S. candy business to Italy's Ferrero for about $2.9 billion in cash. Ferrero will take over iconic chocolate brands Butterfinger and Crunch bars, as well as the sugary Nerds, SweeTarts and FunDip.

  5. Pinellas is at the center of a rise in Florida flu outbreaks


    Feeling a little sniffly or scratchy or stuffed up? It may be the flu, and you don't want to wait around to see a doctor this year.