In honor of the CC visit to the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville TN, I thought it would be fun for those of us who are not going to nominate which car from the Museum’s collection they would like to drive there. This former fire service Citroen 2CV would be ideal if you are not sure which way to go…
Or any other car really – perhaps you would like to turn up in something that the Lane would like to add to their collection, or something that might horrify them? The Lane has a huge collection of microcars, but they aren’t really practical for highway travel. However their 1988 Citroen CX-based Tissier car carrier could probably accommodate two or three…
Such as the Z in their vast collection of vehicles, the Zündapp Janus which has a
whopping 250 cc 2-stroke engine. The real party trick of the Janus was that it was almost a mirror-image car, with doors at the front and rear of the car accessing seats facing each direction. Like two Isettas glued together really!
But you might like to get there more quickly. This Caterham 7 Blackbird would be just the thing, with a 170 hp engine pushing just 1,000 pounds it will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds!
The Caterham can’t be very comfortable though, with the lack of windscreen etc. So perhaps a 1930’s French Grand Routier like this 1936 Panhard Panoramique might be the thing? It has a 4.8-litre sleeve-valve six cylinder engine, so it should be supremely quiet and vibration-free on the highway.
But what if you need to cross a lake on the way to the Lane? They have that covered too, not only the gigantic BARC 3-X, but also this 1960 Chevrolet “Corphibian” that was built on a standard Corvair Loadside by a couple of GM engineers. Aquatic steering is by way of a wooden rudder and presumably the fiberglass hull additions are better quality than Top Gear!
It is the wrong time of year to need the capabilities of the 1942 Tatra Aeroluge… To understand why a replica of this wartime one-off was built, consider that the roller at the rear was used to get the vehicle moving, before the propeller became effective at higher speeds. Braking was partly achieved by performing a skiing style snow-plow with the front skis, activated by a normal brake pedal; there are also pins that extend through the rear skis and a brake inside the roller. All while you enjoy the sounds of the air-cooled V8!
Alternatively, a mini-Corvair experience could be had in this 1967 NSU Prinz 1000. Yes 1000 as in cubic centimetres, plenty to roll along at highway pace while confusing passers-by.
The 1997 Nissan Rasheen would also bring stares, for being so small for a boxy SUV – check out the comparative size of the motorcycle in the background!
To provoke more extreme reactions, you could have a lot of fun snapping necks while driving this
flying saucer 1948 Davis Divan.
Or if you prefer chopping off to merely snapping, the 1932 Helicron would appear to be equipped for the job!
I dare say this 1985 MG Metro 6R4 would be qualified to produce similar sensations among its passengers, being a bona-fide Group B rally monster with 400 hp from its mid-mounted V6 engine.
But if you have several passengers to bring, the 7-seat 1967 Saab 95 wagon is eminently qualified.
If you are travelling light, you might
dare like to try the 1998 McLean Monowheel? Extra protective clothing is probably advised though, the Lane’s website says “Learning to ride takes patience and practice”, and that you can only put your feet on the pegs above 15 mph so it won’t be ideal in stop and go traffic.
For me though, there can only be one answer: the 1947 Tatra T-87, likely the most famous vehicle in the Lane collection. If I was to pretend I could, I might instead drive my Hillman Imp because they don’t have one of those in their collection!
What would you chose?