Ner-a-Car motor bicycle, 1925.
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Ner-a-Car motor bicycle, 1925.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

This motorcycle was designed by the American Carl A Neracher in 1920, and built by the Sheffield-Simplex Company in Kingston, Surrey. The design was based in some respects on contemporary motor car lines, and its innovative hub-centre steering and low centre of gravity gave remarkable stability and enabled the use of efficient mudguards. The original two-stroke 285cc engine lacked power, allowing a top speed of only 35 mph, and the friction-drive transmision produced problems. Popularity increased somewhat with later models, but the Ner-a-Car's unusual appearance was a disadvantage and production ended in 1927.
 

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10221364
 

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