Tatra – The Final Fifty (Years)

2011 Tatra Exhibit at Lane Motor Museum

"Tatra- The Last 50 Years" will be on display at Lane Motor Museum until May 21, 2012

Tatra is a storied marque, but one unfamiliar to most car enthusiasts. Beginning like so many auto manufacturers in the wagon and carriage trade, Tatra rose through the Czechoslovakian industrial landscape – first with railroad cars, then fairly conventional cars, but later with something really special and almost unknown – the aerodynamic sedans they are best known for. (more…)

The Complex History of the DKW Brand

DKW Auto Union

The badge on the front of the DKW F800 Schnell-Laster Kombi. DKW? Auto Union? Audi?

One of the duties of my great job is that I change out the displays on the main floor. Usually, our director, Jeff Lane, will give me a list of cars coming and going from the display area. It is a fun part of the job, since I usually end up learning something new about at least one of the vehicles. I recently placed our collection of DKWs on the floor. I’ve always thought of all of these vehicles as DKWs mainly based on the goofy two-stroke engines under their hoods that produce copious amounts of smoke whenever started. (more…)

The Fiat 500 Family Tree

Fiat 500 Exhibit at Lane Motor MuseumIn the Beginning…

The Fiat Topolino (1936-55) became the Fiat 600 (1955-69)
The Fiat 600 became the Fiat Nuova 500 (1957-75)
The Fiat 500 became the Fiat 126 (1972-93)
The Fiat 126 became the Fiat Cinquecento (1991-98)
The Fiat Cinquecento became both the Fiat Seicento (1998-2010)
and the Fiat New 500 (2007+)

A Look at Our Major Projects for 2011

1930 Éclair

The 1930 Éclair- just one of the museum's current restoration projects.

During 2011 Lane Motor Museum will have many projects pass through our workshop. Listed below are the six largest projects we are working on.

1. Éclair – If you’re not familiar with the Éclair, it is a one-of-a-kind, single-seater, propeller-powered car. We borrowed the only car ever made from an airplane museum in France with the understanding that we would restore the original, then make a replica for ourselves. (more…)

The Z Car on the Road and the Track

Nissan Exhibit- Lane Motor Museum

These cars are part of a Nissan Exhibit that will be on display until January 9, 2012.

The Nissan (née Datsun) Z car celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, with a huge local presence anchored by Nissan’s corporate headquarters in nearby Franklin, TN. Several hundred enthusiasts from all over North America descended on middle Tennessee, enjoying our curvy roads and Southern Hospitality.

A Closer Look: Aero Cars


Aero Cars on Display at Lane Motor Museum

When founded in 1925, Aero mainly produced airplanes. After a decline in sales, they began producing cars from 1928-1947; introducing their first car, the Aero 10, in 1929. The Type 10 was a low-priced car that the factory workers could build yet also drive themselves. (more…)

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