NER-A-CAR – year 1921
Manufacturer: Ner-a-Car Corporation, Syracuse, New York, USA
Carl Neracher of Syracuse, in the US state of New York, succeeded in 1921 year to build the strangest single-track vehicle at the time. The designer's intention was to make the motorcycle look like a car, hence the unusual shape and surprising technical solutions. The vehicle was intended for people who wanted a convenient and easy-to-drive means of transport, and therefore about certain features of a two-track vehicle, but at an affordable price. The advertising slogan of the sales representatives of the Ner-a-Car company described this vehicle in words for the shortest time: "least, the funniest, the surest, the cheapest”.
The Ner-a-Car had a horizontal frame, made of steel channels and forked in the front and rear part, a steering system of the front wheel similar to a car (sprung on springs) – and all mechanisms covered, like a real car. On some models only the cylinder of the two-stroke engine was exposed, with displacement 285 cm3. Flywheel, located across the motorcycle complied with the basic one – also others, additional functions. The face of the wheel was the common element of the two assemblies: angular friction gear (replacing the clutch and gearbox) and a generator. With black translucent (in which the pressure plate could be set in one of five positions by means of a hand lever, thus obtaining 5 gear ratios) the drive was transferred to the rear wheel by means of a chain. A caliper brake drum was attached to the rear wheel hub, operated by a pedal. The foot control worked like this, that it was possible to start the engine without getting up from the saddle. Two front headlights and one rear light (brake) were powered by a generator. A powerful engine 3,7 kW (5 KM) made it possible to develop maximum speed 56 km/h, the fuel consumption was 2,5-3 liters per 100 kilometers. In America, you could buy this vehicle for 226 dollars.
The success of Ner-a-Car motorcycles was not limited to America. The license was also purchased by the English company Sheffield-Simplex Company. The English variant of the vehicle had a Blackburn engine with a larger displacement (347 cm3) and an additional brake – manual, acting on the rear wheel. Unfortunately, when in 1926 Year, the price of Ner-a-Car motorcycles has dropped to 858 pounds, Sheffield had to stop production.