Rally for The Lane Cars

This summer Lane Motor Museum brings you “Les Autos Françaises: 60 Years of French Automotive History,” focusing on 60 of the 120 years of car production in France. Starting in the 1890s, France remained the largest producer of cars in Europe until after WWI. In fact, from 1902-1907, France produced more cars than the rest of Europe combined. The United States did not out-produce France until after 1907.

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What made France such a leader in the beginning? There were three major reasons: First, they had an excellent road system that allowed early, rudimentary cars to be driven almost everywhere; second, France’s high level of technical competence, from bicycles to steam trains; and lastly, France had an abundance of energetic and talented entrepreneurs.

In 1913, there were 31 major French car makers, and many smaller car companies. Although other countries eventually caught up with, and surpassed, French car production, the French manufacturers remained alive and innovative. Citroën was a major manufacturer with many technologically significant cars, starting with the Traction Avant in 1934, and continuing with the 2CV in 1950 and later, the ID19, which stunned every attendee of the 1955 Paris Auto Show. Although Citroën was a large company with technologically-advanced cars, there were many smaller manufacturers that turned out unique and interesting cars, such as Georges Irat, Matra, Rovin, Hotchkiss-Gregoire, Panhard, Simca, and many more.

Lane Motor Museum will be displaying 30 of the most unique French cars from the 100+ French cars in the collection, focusing on the heyday of French production – 1924-1985.

The Choice- by Jeff Lane, Director

With over 100 French cars in our collection, one would think it easy to do an exhibit called “All Things French”. Actually, it was very, very difficult, and the biggest problem was pruning 100 cars down to 30.

I started with Citroëns since we have about 50, and Citroën was one of the larger French manufacturers, and without a doubt, the most innovative. Citroën started later than some makers, beginning production in 1919. They more than made up for their late start by being hugely innovative. The Traction Avant began production in 1934, and was the first front-wheel drive, steel unibody production car. It remained in production until 1953, and sold in large numbers. As if the 19-year success story of the Traction Avant was not enough, in October 1955, Citroën introduced the DS at the Paris Motor Show. The DS was the first mass-produced car with front-wheel power brakes. It also featured a self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension system. In short, the DS was a technical sensation clad by a futuristic aerodynamic body. Ride quality and handling were unmatched for the day. In fact the ride quality, 60 years later, has not been improved on. The DS was such a successful car that Citroën did not introduce another clean-sheet-design car until the 1970s.

Moving away from Citroën, I tried to choose several unique examples from the three other large French manufacturers: Renault, Panhard, and Peugeot. Renault is a volume French car maker that still survives. Known for conservative cars and leadership, it has always been very successful in France, yet less so in the rest of the world. Panhard was a very early car manufacturer, starting production in 1890. Before WWII, Panhard made mostly upmarket cars. After WWII, they declined, and made more middle to low-end cars, mostly with 2-cylinder, air-cooled engines. Peugeot has always been Renault’s rival in France, and has enjoyed tremendous success in their 100+ years of production.

France has had four major car makers, but throughout their history, they have also had hundreds of others. While many of them were not large or long-lived, they made unique and interesting cars. Georges Irat, Matra, Hotchkiss-Gregoire, and Deutsch-Bonnet are three examples featured in this exhibit.

To complete the exhibit, I picked six of the most interesting French microcars plus the Helicron, which is propeller-driven! Not an easy choice, as I made list upon list, and finally whittled it down to 30 unique and special French cars that are a major part of automotive history.

 

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2017 HOURS*:

  • Monday..........10am-5pm
  • Tuesday.........CLOSED
  • Wednesday....CLOSED
  • Thursday.......10am-5pm
  • Friday............10am-5pm
  • Saturday........10am-5pm
  • Sunday..........10am-5pm
  • HOLIDAY HOURS:
  • CLOSED Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 for Thanksgiving
  • CLOSING EARLY at 2pm-  Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 for Christmas Eve
  • CLOSED Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 for Christmas Day
  • CLOSED Monday, Jan 1, 2018 for New Year's Day

*We close each year on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2017 ADMISSION PRICES:

  • Members..............Free
  • Adults (18-64).......$12
  • Seniors (65+)........$8
  • Youth (6-17)..........$3
  • Age 5 & Under.......Free

We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. (Sorry, we don't take AMEX)

LOCATION: (Free parking!)
702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN, 37210

PHONE: (615) 742-7445
*Lane Motor Museum closes each year on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2017 Rally for The Lane: Available Cars

Click The Photo of Any Car for More Details
Alfa Romeo Alfetta-1977
Alfa Romeo Alfetta-1977
Alfa Romeo 2600 Berlina- 1962
Alfa Romeo 2600 Berlina- 1962
Alfa Romeo Spider- 1986
Alfa Romeo Spider-1986
Audi 4000 Coupe- 1982
Audi 4000 Coupe- 1982
Austin Healey Sprite- 1967
Austin Healey Sprite- 1967
BMW Mini Cooper S- 2002
BMW Mini Cooper S- 2002
Burton- 2002
Burton- 2002
Chevrolet Corvair Wagon- 1962
Chevrolet Corvair Wagon-1962
Chevrolet Volt- 2012
Chevrolet Volt- 2012
Citroën 2CV- 1975
Citroën 2CV- 1975
Citroën 2CV Voisin- 1978
Citroën 2CV Voisin- 1978
Citroën CX 25- 1987
Citroën CX 25- 1987
Citroën ID 19- 1959
Citroën ID 19- 1959
Citroën DS20 Safari Estate Wagon- 1973
Citroën DS20 Safari Estate Wagon- 1973
Fiat Abarth- 2012
Fiat Abarth-2012
Fiat (Bertone) X-19- 1987
Fiat (Bertone) X-19- 1987
Fiat 500-2008
Fiat 500-2008
Fiat Multipla- 1999
Fiat Multipla- 1999
Honda Beat- 1991
Honda Beat- 1991
Honda Z600- 1971
Honda Z600- 1971
Honda S660- 2015
Honda S660- 2015
Inocenti Mini- 1969
Inocenti Mini-1969
Lancia Delta Integrale- 1990
Lancia Delta Integrale- 1990
Lotus Elise- 1998
Lotus Elise- 1998
Lotus Evora- 2013
Lotus Evora- 2013
MGB GT-1967
MGB GT-1967
MGF- 2001
MGF- 2001
MG-TD- 1951
MG-TD- 1951
Mitsubishi Minica Dangan- 1991
Mitsubishi Minica Dangan- 1991
Morris Mini- 1971
Morris Mini- 1971
NSU 1200 TT- 1969
NSU 1200 TT- 1969
Panhard BT24- 1966
Panhard BT24-1966
Peugeot 205- 1986
Peugeot 206- 1986
Porsche 911- 1983
Porsche 911- 1983
Porsche 914- 1973
Porsche 914- 1973
Renault Alpine 310- 1985
Renault Alpine 310- 1985
Renault Alpine Turbo GTA- 1986
Renault Alpine Turbo GTA- 1986
Renault Avantime- 2003
Renault Avantime- 2003
Renault Clio Williams- 1994
Renault Clio Williams- 1994
Renault Megane- 2007
Renault Megane- 2007
Renault R5 Turbo- 1985
Renault R5 Turbo- 1985
Renault Spider- 1998
Renault Spider- 1998
Saab 96- 1969
Saab 96- 1969
Simca Weekend- 1954
Simca Weekend- 1954
Smart Roadster- 2006
Smart Roadster- 2006
Suzuki Alto- 1990
Suzuki Alto- 1990
Tatra T-613 Ambulance- 1980
Tatra T-613 Ambulance- 1980
Tatra T-700- 1996
Tatra T-700- 1978
Toyota S-800- 1967
Toyota S-800- 1967
Triumph TR8- 1980
Triumph TR8- 1980
Volvo 142 "Big Orange"-1974
Volvo 142
Details
Alfa Romeo Alfetta-1977
⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 4
Alfa Romeo 2600 Berlina- 1962
⊕ Registration: $800
⊕ Seats 4
Alfa Romeo Spider-
1986

⊕ Registration: $650
⊕ Seats 2
Audi 4000 Coupe- 1982
⊕ Registration: $700
⊕ Seats 4
Austin Healey Sprite- 1967
⊕ Registration: $700
⊕ Seats 2
BMW Mini Cooper S- 2002
⊕ Registration: $650
⊕ Seats 4
Burton-
2002

⊕ Registration: $600
⊕ Seats 2
Chevrolet Corvair Wagon- 1962
⊕ Registration: $675
⊕ Seats 4
Chevrolet Volt- 2012
⊕ Registration: $650
⊕ Seats 4
Citroën 2CV- 1975
⊕ Registration: $675
⊕ Seats 2
Citroën 2CV Voisin- 1978
⊕ Registration: $675
⊕ Seats 2
Citroën CX 25- 1987
⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 4
Citroën ID 19-
1959

⊕ Registration: $825
⊕ Seats 4
Citroën DS20 Safari Estate Wagon- 1973
⊕ Registration: $800
⊕ Seats 4
Fiat Abarth-
2012

⊕ Registration: $700
⊕ Seats 4
Fiat (Bertone) X-19- 1987
⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 2
Fiat 500-2008
⊕ Registration: $725
⊕ Seats 4
Fiat Multipla-
1999

⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 4
Honda Beat-
1991

⊕ Registration: $675
⊕ Seats 2
Honda Z600- 1971
⊕ Registration: $600
⊕ Seats 2
Honda S660- 2015
⊕ Registration: $800
⊕ Seats 2
Inocenti Mini- 1969
⊕ Registration: $675
⊕ Seats 2
Lancia Delta Integrale- 1990
⊕ Registration: $725
⊕ Seats 4
Lotus Elise-
1998

⊕ Registration: $825
⊕ Seats 2
Lotus Evora- 2013
⊕ Registration: $995
⊕ Seats 2
MGB GT-
1967

⊕ Registration: $600
⊕ Seats 2
MGF-
2001

⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 2
MG-TD- 1951
⊕ Registration: $825
⊕ Seats 2
Mitsubishi Minica Dangan- 1991
⊕ Registration: $600
⊕ Seats 2
Morris Mini-
1971

⊕ Registration: $675
⊕ Seats 2
NSU 1200 TT- 1969
⊕ Registration: $700
⊕ Seats 2
Panhard BT24-1966
⊕ Registration: $675
⊕ Seats 2
Peugeot 205-
1986

⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 4
Porsche 911-
1983

⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 2
Porsche 914- 1973
⊕ Registration: $700
⊕ Seats 2
Renault Alpine 310- 1985
⊕ Registration: $675
⊕ Seats 2
Renault Alpine Turbo GTA- 1986
⊕ Registration: $925
⊕ Seats 2
Renault Avantime- 2003
⊕ Registration: $700
⊕ Seats 4
Renault Clio William- 1994
⊕ Registration: $825
⊕ Seats 4
Renault Megane-
2007

⊕ Registration: $975
⊕ Seats 4
Renault R5 Turbo-
1985

⊕ Registration: $875
⊕ Seats 2
Renault Spider-
1998

⊕ Registration: $925
⊕ Seats 2
Saab 96-
1969

⊕ Registration: $725
⊕ Seats 4 Seats 4
Simca Weekend-
1954

⊕ Registration: $875
⊕ Seats 2
Smart Roadster-
2006

⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 2
Suzuki Alto- 1990
⊕ Registration: $600
⊕ Seats 2
Tatra T-613 Ambulance- 1980
⊕ Registration: $700
⊕ Seats 2
Tatra T-700-
1996

⊕ Registration: $825
⊕ Seats 4
Toyota S-800- 1967
⊕ Registration: $750
⊕ Seats 2
Triumph TR8-
1980

⊕ Registration: $775
⊕ Seats 2
Volvo 142 "Big Orange"-1974
⊕ Registration: $650
⊕ Seats 4
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