The legacy of the Bert Smith
automobile dealerships in St. Petersburg, Florida, is rich with family history
and entrepreneurial savvy. The company has been family-owned and operated since
1953, a time commonly marked by the hay days of the great American automobile
such as the Oldsmobile, where our story begins.
Bert Smith Jr., son of a Pennsylvania Railroad
executive (and son-in-law to a former Vice President of General Motors), first
opened the doors to Bert Smith Olds in what was then the center of town, near
historic Sunken Gardens. As the city and business rapidly grew, Bert took a
bold step and in 1958, moved the dealership 3 miles west to a 14 acre site
located at the end of a dirt road and bordered by a cow pasture.
While his peers thought him crazy, Bert proved
to be visionary. The dealership became one of the first to be located on what
is now U.S. Hwy. 19, a major thoroughfare serving the Tampa Bay Area, the 19th
largest metro area in the United States . During the 1960s and 1970s, Bert
Smith Olds remained one of the highest volume Oldsmobile dealers in the
As global competition increased over the
decades, Bert made another prophetic decision and acquired several import
franchises. In 1991, Bert Smith became one of the area's first "automotive
super stores," housing multiple new car manufacturers under one roof, a
very large one at that. Our operations occupy an estimated 100,000 square feet.
Along with a large selection of certified pre-owned vehicles, we are proud to
offer BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche and Subaru.
For over 50 years, the cornerstone of our
success in the Tampa Bay Area remains in our commitment to customer
Today the dealership is owned and operated by
Bert Smith III who propagates the same business acumen across another
From sales and service to after-market parts and
certified body work, the legacy is engrained in every aspect of our products,
services and professional staff.
We invite you to Tampa Bay's Home of Driving
Excitement to become another Bert Smith customer for life. It's a matter of