NoBraking.com’s Tanner from T Mash Photos spent some time at the Lane Motor Museum covering the Ferrari Fest and yes look for another post on that shortly. However while on assignment he was able to spend some quality time poking around the museum.
The Lane Motor Museum is located in Nashville, Tn and features over 300 unique automobiles but it didn’t start off this way. In 2002, Jeff Lane established Lane Motor Museum. Jeff was an automotive enthusiast at an early age and he began restoring his first car—a 1955 MG TF—when he was a teenager. Overtime Jeff’s personal collection grew and it was this donation of his collection that began the foundation. Lane Motor Museum unveiled its collection to the public in October of 2003. As director of the museum, 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.
Lane Motor Museum is one of the few museums in the US to specialize in European cars. It is a working museum with the goal of maintaining all of the vehicles in running order. Some cars are in showroom condition, while others are not quite as pristine however efforts are made to restore each vehicle to near-original specifications.
The Museum has been developed into a well-known landmark around town, and it is housed in the former Sunbeam Bakery. The building was outfitted for the museum’s needs but retained many of its original characteristics. The architectural style of the building works to complement the age of the cars represented.
One highlight of the museum is the largest collection of Czechoslovakian cars outside of Europe (including 13 Tatra’s), Other features of the museum inclue European automobiles of unusual or innovative design, propeller-powered vehicles, microcars, three-wheeled cars, amphibious vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, military vehicles, and prototypes.
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