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
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
97 tons empty
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