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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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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Lane Motor Museum's 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Presented by Nissan

Saturday, October 19th- 10am-5pm

  • Free Admission all day!
  • First 500 receive a free 2014 Lane Motor Museum Calendar- Courtesy of Nissan!
  • Museum founder Jeff Lane will demonstrate several museum vehicles, museum mechanic Michael Hüby will discuss the museum's Gyro-X project and David Bishop of Nissan will present their "Job 1" truck-- the first Nissan produced in Symyrna TN and North America! a
  • We'll have face painters and a balloon artist for the kids. Every child receives a special prize!
  • (Scroll down for a detailed schedule of events!)

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Lane Motor Museum will celebrate 10 years in Nashville by opening its doors to the public for a free day on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 from 10am-5pm. In addition, the first 500 guests through the door will receive a free 2014 Lane Motor Museum calendar-- all courtesy of presenting sponsor, Nissan.

The day will begin at 9:45 am with a welcome from museum founder, Jeff Lane, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Vinay Shahani, Director of Marketing Communications for Nissan North America. The museum will open its doors for the public by 10:00 am when 2014 museum calendars will be distributed to the first 500 guests. Throughout the day the museum will offer demonstrations of their vehicles including talks about the process for their Gyro-X restoration project. David Bishop, Senior Manager of Product Development Aftersales Division for Nissan & curator of the Nissan Heritage Collection, will present Nissan’s “Job 1” truck -- a 1983 Nissan pickup truck that is not only the first Nissan produced at their plant in Smyrna, TN but the first produced in North America. Kids can enjoy the museum’s kids play area as well as face painters, balloon artists,and a special museum giveaway for kids!

Schedule of Events

9:45 AM         
Welcoming remarks featuring museum founder, Jeff Lane, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean,    
and Vinay Shahani, Director of Marketing Communications for Nissan North America

10:00 AM        
Lane Motor Museum opens to the public for a free day and the first 500 will also receive a free 2014 museum calendar--all courtesy of Nissan!

10:30 AM        
Lane Motor Museum mechanic Michael Hüby talks about the museum’s Gyro-X Restoration project.

11:00 AM        
David Bishop, Senior Manager of Product Development Aftersales Division for Nissan & curator of the Nissan Heritage Collection, will present “Job 1” truck-- -- a 1983 Nissan pickup truck that is not only the first Nissan produced at their plant in Smyrna, TN but the first produced in North America

12:00 PM        
Museum Founder, Jeff Lane, will demonstrate the museum’s 1896 Ford Quadricycle Replica, the 1965 Peel P-50 and the 1932 Helicron.

1:00 PM         
David Bishop, Senior Manager of Product Development Aftersales Division for Nissan & curator of the Nissan Heritage Collection, will present “Job 1” truck-- -- a 1983 Nissan pickup truck that is not only the first Nissan produced at their plant in Smyrna, TN but the first produced in North America.

2:00 PM         
Museum Founder, Jeff Lane, will talk about the history of Tatra and demonstrate the museum's Mochet Velocar.

3:00 PM         
Museum Founder, Jeff Lane, will demonstrate the museum’s 1896 Ford Quadricycle Replica, the 1965 Peel P-50 and the 1932 Helicron.

4:00 PM         
Lane Motor Museum mechanic Michael Hüby talks about the museum’s Gyro-X Restoration project.

About Lane Motor Museum

At Lane Motor Museum, visitors can enjoy the largest collection of European cars in the United States. Approximately 150 cars and motorcycles are on display that represents countries from Asia, Europe, and North and South America, and date from 1922 to 2008. Highlights of the Museum include the largest Czechoslovakian vehicle collection outside Europe, microcars, amphibious vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, competition cars, motorcycles, military vehicles, and prototypes. The Museum also offers a display of automotive art, a special play area for children, and a gift shop.

Lane Motor Museum is open Thursday-Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Though free for the anniversary event on October 19th, admission is regularly $9 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), $3 for youth (ages 6-17) and free for age 5 and under.

Lane Motor Museum is located at 702 Murfreesboro Pike just minutes from downtown Nashville. For more information, call (615) 742-7445 or visit the website at www.LaneMuseum.org.

 

We will be open On July 4th, 2013 from 10am-5pm

Visit Lane Motor Museum

ADMISSION PRICES:  
Adults (18-64).......$9  
Seniors (65+)........$6  
Youth (6-17)..........$3  
Under Age 5........Free  
   
LOCATION:
702 Murfreesboro Pike
 
Nashville, TN 37210  
CONTACT US:  
(615) 742-7445

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