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Bulger's Beat: Motor museum showcases unique, bizarre cars

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When it comes to the odd and unusual, this is Nashville's best museum. And even if you don't like cars, the Lane Motor Museum is a place you have to see.

French cars from the 1920s, fast cars from the 1970s - at this museum on Murfreesboro Road, expect the unexpected and a little bit of everything.

"A little bit of everything, then even some that's a little bit over the top," said owner Jeff Lane, laughing.

Lane always has a little laugh if you start talking cars.

"Yeah, I call it an obsession. Gone crazy, you know," he said.

Around 400 of the beautiful and the bizarre are on display, so anyone who comes and says they have seen this all before would be the first.

"We look for things, engineering-wise or stylistic, that are different or just totally outside the normal realm of cars," Lane said.

That includes an aluminum convertible from 1946.

"They called this the Hewton Rocket, but it never took off. This was the only one ever made," Lane said.

Another car on display never took off either, but by its propeller you may think it could.

Long before 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' came the 1932 Helicron.

"It draws a crowd, but people are afraid of it so much they don't get too close to the propeller," Lane said. "It might have been practical in 1920 - very few cars on the road, no red lights - but now it would be ridiculous."

Also ridiculous is the size of some cars, including a 1969 pickup that you could possibly pick up.

The vehicles are restored to run - most still do - and each comes with a story.

That includes the 1958 Fiat, with flower-power decorations and shag carpeting on the inside. It was the college cruiser for Channel 4 News reporter Nancy Amons, who bought the car for $35.

The Fiat stopped running years ago, so she donated it to the museum collection. After a lot of work, Long said it now runs just fine.

For more information on the Lane Motor Museum, visit: http://lanemotormuseum.org/.

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