The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee is a rare car museum which specializes in European Cars. It displays approximately 150 cars and motorcycles that you won't normally see in the United States.
The goal of the antique car museum is to get the vehicles into working order and to maintain them in showroom condition. Every effort is made to restore each vehicle to near original specifications.
The unique collection is housed in a 132,000 square foot bakery that had the characteristics desired by the museum. The high ceiling, natural light and hand-crafted brick and maple flooring complements the age of the cars displayed.
The majority of the collection is arranged by country. Notice the flags hanging from the ceiling. There are over 45 marquees representing Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and the United States.
Most of the vehicles were built from 1950 through the 1970's, but there are some older and newer ones being added.
The Lane Motor Museum has its own maintenance crew that does periodic maintenance, repairs, and does restoration work on the collection. They have their own shop where they to do the work. They also create replicas for display when the original can't be found.
Henry Ford, as a young man was working as Chief Engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit, Michigan. There he began building his first car out of anything he could find. There were no ready made components to work with like today. After completing his car he realized he couldn't get it out of his workshop so he had to make the door bigger. He sold his car a few months later and went on to the next one.
A one of a kind, propeller driven car found in a barn in France in the year 2000. The original owner put it there in the late 1930's. It has been completely rebuilt, but many of the parts are original.
This car was made in France by Charles Mochet, a best known pedal car manufacturer for practical transportation. The majority of his cars that were made from 1927 to 1944 were pedal cars. From 1947 to 1958, his cars were equipped with gasoline engines. This is an interim car having both pedals and a gas engine.
Steyr is a company that dates back to the 1820's manufacturing rifles. In 1920 they began making cars. This car resembles a Fiat 500 and is offered in only one body style, the 2 door coupe that seats four people.
The location of the museum is 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, 37210, phone 615-742-7445.
Here is a YouTube video about the Lane Motor Museum.