Doors at its Murfreesboro Road location just west of Interstate 24, opened without cost today as a way to say thanks for ten years as a Nashville attraction.
"We are just hoping for another ten years, the first ten have been great," said founder Jeff Lane who began the museum as a way to deal with all the cars he'd been tinkering with since his teenage years.
It came naturally as his family had an auto supply business in the Detroit suburbs.
"Even as a kid the business was always about cars, we were always going to car shows, so it was something engrained into us from the very beginning," he told News 2 just before the museum opened for its free day.
He eventually found his way to Nashville when he attended Vanderbilt to study mechanical engineering.
Lane said that in the years following college and while owning a vending business, he kept collecting and restoring unusual vehicles as "A hobby gone wild, I had cars stuffed into garages or rental properties."
More than ten years ago it was suggested to him that he put them all under one roof.
He found the old Sunbeam Breads bakery as a place he described as perfect for a car museum.
Lane says he has the largest collection of European cars in the United States, but perhaps the museum sign, wild, wacky and wonderful, says it best about what's inside the Lane Motor Museum.
There are tiny cars, old cars, and one of a kind cars like a propeller driven French vehicle and a car shaped like a small rocket.
As part of a program with Nissan, the museum also has the first vehicle ever made at the company's giant plant in Smyrna, a white pickup truck.
The museum has attracted tourists from all over the world, but Lane says not all of them are necessarily car people.
"They are intrigued by the colors, the shapes and the various history lessons of the cars," he added.
The intrigue is growing as the museum is in the midst of its best year ever.