Drive: The Roberson Coy Sullins story

Coy Sullins stands with a creation of his about 1940 in Florida.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer — With information from Rob Swinney and Marie Sullins Holmes
When it comes to car transmissions, many folks nowadays don’t know how to operate manual transmissions, or “stick-shifts.” Manual transmissions have mostly fallen out of favor after the rise in popularity of the automatic transmission.
One Marion County man might have had a significant role to play in this transmission transition.
Roberson Coy Sullins was born on Jan. 16, 1898, the oldest son with nine siblings. His parents were Edward Lafayette Sullins and Mollie Elizabeth Carter Sullins.

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