Lane Motor Museum

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  • Lane Motor Museum is one of the few museums in America that specializes in European cars.  Here you will see approximately 150 cars and motorcycles typically not seen in the U.S.  Lane Motor Museum offers Microcars, Amphibious vehicles, Competition cars, Alternative fuel vehicles, Military vehicles, Motorcycles and one-of-a-kind vehicles.   
    This unique collection is housed in a former 132,000 square foot bakery.  The majority of vehicles were built in the 1950s through 1970s although some are as old as the 1920s and as new as 2000.   
    You will be introduced to a broad cross-section of vehicles; over 45 Marques representing Asia, Europe, and North and South America.  Politics, geography, familial relationships, and economics are but some of the factors which have shaped vehicles throughout history.  This is a working museum with the goal being to maintain all vehicles in running order.
    The majority of our collection is arranged by country-Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States.  You will learn how similar-and different-vehicles are from one part of the world to another-and why.
         Here is the story of how Lane Motor Museum began.  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.  Some cars are in showroom condition, while others represent typical aging.  Efforts are made to restore each vehicle to near-original specifications. 
    The Museum is located 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 this one-of-a-kind collection.
    Lane Motor Museum is a must-see for car enthusiasts.  And even if you are not a car enthusiast, you will be after you visit!

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