This time last year it was hidden on a quiet suburban backstreet and one of the West Midlands' bestkept secrets.
But since the Coventry Transport Museum underwent a £7.5 million refurbishment last spring, it has been "discovered" by Britain's culture critics.
And today it was picked as a hot contender for a top national award.
The museum, which houses the world's largest collection of cars, motorbikes and cycles, is one of four finalists vying for the £100,000 Gulbenkian Prize.
It is home to 230 cars and commercial vehicles, 250 cycles, and 90 motorcycles - many made in Coventry.
The winner will be chosen on May 26 by a panel, which will include the sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp.