Postwar People Movers

 

Postwar People Movers Exhibit

Growing up in the USA probably evokes fond memories of “the family truckster”. Some families had sensible sedans, while others may have had a minivan or a wagon. Who doesn’t remember the family Impala, Roadmaster, or Country Squire?

The post-World War II period in Europe was no different. As governments rebuilt their infrastructure and families rebuilt their lives, the need for sensible transportation was vital to getting the economy running again. The postwar period from the late 1940s to the early 1970s in Western Europe brought about an unprecedented economic boom. In Germany it was called “das Wirtschaftswunder”, in Italy, “il Miracolo Economico”, and in France, “les Trente Glorieuses”. No matter the name, the meaning was the same – new wealth, strong employment, and easier access to power and resources – it was a period of growth and prosperity in the West.

The largely Communist East, on the other hand, did not enjoy the benefits of the European Recovery Program, aka the ERP or The Marshall Plan. Many Eastern industries were nationalized and consolidated under Communist rule, including automobile manufacturing. Consequently, many familiar marques were lost, but a few new ones were formed, or reborn. But, again, the need for sensible, affordable transportation remained, as strong here as across the border.

Seen here are but a few examples of “the family car” as may have been found on Eastern and Western European streets during the period of 1945-1973, or “the Glorious Thirty” as France called it. While the needs on both sides were very similar, it should be noted that the ability to fulfill those needs were far different, East and West. The West enjoyed access to fresh ideas, raw materials, and seemingly limitless energy, while the East struggled with leftover ideas, worn-out equipment, and trade sanctions.

Both sides managed to make do, just in different ways…

EAST

Buying a car in East Berlin? Put your name on a list and be prepared to wait – most likely several years. Demand outstripped supply by 5X! Used cars were instantly attainable, and commanded far higher prices than new ones!

Cars were often heavy body-on-frame, of poor material quality, and used antiquated, noisy, smoky two-stroke engines. Some, like Tatra, were quite advanced, but only meant for the elite.

Car model life was often measured in decades. Trabants and Wartburgs were virtually unchanged from 1957 to 1990.

WEST

Buying a car in Munich, Paris, or Rome? Walk in with funds and drive away!

Many cars were of galvanized unibody construction with powerful, quiet four-stroke engines and decent creature comforts, like heaters.

Manufacturers brought fresh new designs to market regularly, incorporating new technology such as fuel injection, disc brakes, and improved safety equipment.

 

 

 

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Events

 

  • August 23*, 2014- 2pm (*New Date!- was previously set for Aug. 9 but moved due to a conflict)
  • *Member Exclusive*- Basement Free Time! Museum Members will enjoy special access to see the collection stored in our basement area from 10am-2pm. This is not a guided tour or reception but just open time to walk around and experience the rest of our 400 car collection. Members may bring the number of guests allowed by their membership. Become a member!
  • August 23*, 2014- 2pm (*New Date!- was previously set for Aug. 9 but moved due to a conflict)
  • Director's Talk- Jeff Lane talks about the history of Marcel Leyat and his many obsessions.
  • November 6-10, 2014
  • Military Appreciation Week! Visit between November 6-10, 2014 and receive free admission for active and retired military with ID.
  • November 13- December 8, 2014
  • Toys for Tots Drive- Get free admission to the museum with your donation of an unwrapped toy worth $5 or more!
  • November 15, 2014- time TBD
  • *MEMBER EXCLUSIVE*- Annual Member Reception. Become a member!
  • November 28, 2014- 10am-5pm
  • Day After Thanksgiving Family Fun! Join us for a special day at the museum with car rides, free basement tours and demonstrations! (First come, first served! Space for events is limited and some rides and demonstrations may be canceled for inclement weather.)

 

Exhibits

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Currently On Display

  • On Display Until Nov 3, 2014
  • Tatra- Excellence in Engineering- Explore 20 different Tatra models from 1923-1996. As home to the second largest collection of Tatras in the world (second only to the Tatra museum) this is the first time we have had nearly all of our collection on display at one time.
  • On Display Until January 12, 2015
  • Made In the USA- As you might expect most of these aren't your typical American made cars!
  • On Display Until March 9, 2015
  • Director's Cut- A selection of cars from our collection selected by museum director, Jeff Lane.
  • On Display Until May 18, 2015
  • microcars
  • Microcar Exhibit- Come enjoy an expanded look at our growing collection of Microcars from around the world.
  • On Display- No End Date
  • The Lane Family Cars- Four classic MG's that were each owned by a different member of the Lane Family.
  • On Display- No End Date
  • 100 Years of Leyat- This fascinating exhibit explores the many ideas of Marcel Leyat-- from propeller-driven cars and flight trainers to his invention of an alternative method to musical notation.

 

Appearances

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Closed Today-Mar. 3, 2014

closed-today

Due to inclement weather and unsafe driving conditions, Lane Motor Museum will be closed all day on Monday, March 3rd, 2014.

Please note that because we are always closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays we do not plan to re-open the museum until Thursday, March 6 at 10am.  At this time we hope to be able to resume our normal hours but will post another update if this is not possible.  Thank you.

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