Lane Motor Museum

This post was written by Lee and if you like cars, you will love this one. He went on one of my work days and after seeing the pictures if we are ever in Nashville again I would definitely like to go. – Trace

I’m not really a gear head or motor head, but I do enjoy cars, especially unusual ones, and this place was a fantastic surprise!

While the entire Lane collection is over 500 cars, only around 150 are on display at any given time. The rest can be seen in a very reasonably priced vault tour ($6) on weekend. They also do demonstrations on weekends. I’m guessing there are a LOT more people there on the weekend, but it might be worth that to see the vault. The price for just the museum is only $12. It’s bright, clean, and very well laid out. I loved it.

From their website:

In 2002, Jeff Lane established Lane Motor Museum. Jeff has been an automotive enthusiast since an early age. He began restoring his first car—a 1955 MG TF—when he was a teen. His personal collection was the donation that began the foundation. Lane Motor Museum unveiled its collection to the public in October of 2003. As director, Jeff Lane continues to search out cars for the collection that are technically significant or uniquely different. The goal of Lane Motor Museum is to share in the mission of collection and preserving automotive history for future generations.

The Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Lane Motor Museum is one of the few museums in the U.S. to specialize in European cars. It is a working museum with the goal of maintaining all vehicles in running order. Some cars are in showroom condition, while others represent typical aging. Efforts are made to restore each vehicle to near-original specifications.

The Museum has been developed in a well-known Nashville landmark, the former Sunbeam Bakery at 702 Murfreesboro Pike. Home to the bread company beginning in 1951, the 132,000 square-foot facility was the largest and most modern bakery in the area at the time of its opening. The bakery building, outfitted for the museum’s needs but left with many of its original characteristics, has a high ceiling, natural light, and hand-crafted brick and maple wood flooring. The architectural style complements the age of the cars represented. The main floor has approximately 40,000 square feet of open space, ideal for displaying the collection.

I had a really hard time deciding which cars to exclude, so if you’re not into this stuff, just scroll past. But if you are into it, I think you will really like the post. Because there are so many, I’ve used gallery style for the photos, but you can click on any of them to see larger images. Also, for some of the more interesting ones, I have included YouTube videos. Check those out, they’re pretty cool. ESPECIALLY the one about the one man water skiing!!!

1949 Homemade Streamliner, Dayton, OH, One of a kind

1977 Urba Car “Kit”, USA, $1400

1957 Cyclops, USA, 20mph, $295

1936 Le Carabe, France, 20mph, $28

1964 Peel P-50, Isle of Man, 25mph, 200 pounds sterling

1930 Daix Piano Peddle Car, France

1935 Louvet Pedal Car, France

1953 Ardex, France, 20mph

1931 Vochet Velocar, France

1978 Citroen 2CV Amphibious “Justine”, 50mph, One of a kind

1978 Croco Amphibious, Switzerland

1987 Luaz 967M Amphibious, USSR

1964 Amphicar 700 Amphibious, Germany, 70mph land, 6 knots, $3395

1992 Hobbycar B612 Amphibious, France, 87mph, 5 knots, $45k

1964 Ski Craft GMBH, Germany, 30mph, $700

1978 SEAB Flipper 1, France, 28mph

1957 Zundapp Janus 250, Germany

1974 TVE Citadine Electric Car, France, 18mph

1960 Goggomobile Dart, Australia, 63mph, $1500

1957 BAG Spatz, Germany, 50mph, $350

1957 Messerschmidt KR200, Germany, 50mph

1963 Trojan 200, England, 55mph, $1k

1998 Canta, Netherlans, 45mph (governed), $12k

1949 Crosley Hotshot, England, 97mph

1939 Newmap Baby, France, 30mph

1958 BMW Isetta 300, Germany, 65mph, $1k

1947 Davis Divan, USA, 100mph, $1k

1934 Norris Streamliner, USA, 80mph

1945 Surlesmobile, USA, 70mph, $1k, One of a kind

1933 Dymaxion, USA, 80mph, $7600

1960 Chevrolet Corvair Futura Wagon, USA, One of a kind

1924 Red Bug

1915 Aero Sled

1932 Helicron, France, One of a kind

The narrator of this video is Jeff Lane the owner of the museum. He was there buffing cars the day Lee visited. – Trace

1944 Old Town Yankee Canoe with Aerothrust, USA, $150

1967 Gyro-X, USA, 125mph, $750k, One of a kind

1961 Chevrolet Corphibian, USA, One of a kind

1962 Lotus Elite Series II SE, England, 115mph, $6k

1982 DeLorean DMC-12, USA, 135mph, $25k

1959 LARC (Light Amphibious Resupply Cargo) LX (60 ton capacity)
62′ long, 20′ tall, 26′ wide
9′ tires
97 tons empty

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