In a new episode of Barn Find Hunter, they head to Nashville, TN to examine one of the more unique car collections known as the Lane Motor Museum.
In a new Barn Find Hunter YouTube video, Hagerty’s Tom Cotter explores the unique classic cars at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Founder and director Jeff Lane takes viewers through a portion of the 550 vehicles that are part of the collection.
Lane points out that unlike the typical Ford Thunderbird or Studebaker Avanti found in many auto museums, his effort is a showcase for obscure vehicles unlikely located elsewhere (particular emphasis is on European models). Lane is proud that he gets referred to as the “King of Weird.”
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One of the first vehicles presented in the video is the one-off 1928 Martin Aerodynamic created by a Long Island, New York, attorney-turned-car creator. Its body is clearly influenced by aircraft design, with streamlined panels and a tapered rear end. Power comes from a rear-mounted, air-cooled four-cylinder, and the car uses a springless aircraft-style suspension.
Lane then highlights later efforts produced under the Martin label. The 1950 Stationette sought to be an economy car but comes off as a Woody station wagon experiment gone wrong. An earlier concept, the 1932 Martin Martinette, offered single, front-door access and arguably provided inspiration for the iconic BMW Isetta.
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It’s hard to take in the scale of the 1959 LARC-LX amphibious vehicle until the 6-foot-three Cotter gets dwarfed by one of its nine-foot tires. The U.S. military produced dozens of LARC (lighter, amphibious, resupply, cargo) variants, with the LX being the biggest at 62 feet long, 26 feet wide, and 20 feet high, according to the museum’s website.
The idea behind the LARC LX is that up to 60 tons of cargo could go ashore, even through breaking surf, without needing port facilities. Part of the tour includes Lane’s explaining how they had to drive the massive vehicle through Nashville at night.
Fans of air-cooled automobiles will appreciate the quirky examples assembled inside a single room at this museum. Lane explores several Citroën 2CV models, including one modified with dual front ends—a custom feature that enabled the car to drive in either direction without reversing (a handy attribute apparently for narrow roads). A body-less 2CV reveals the inner workings of this French classic, a vehicle that Lane uses for local errands.
There’s a one-of-kind, three-wheel Hoffman bubble car that Lane calls bizarre and horrible. We also look at the King Midget, a commercially successful vehicle built into the 1970s and powered by a Briggs & Stratton lawnmower engine.
Sources: YouTube/Hagerty, lanemotormuseum.org
Dave Goldberg is a lifelong auto enthusiast and holds a BA in Journalism from The George Washington University. While he leans towards European wheels for his personal driving, Dave gets excited about everything from Acura to Zagato.

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