Ner-A-Car was designed by Carl Neracher (thus the name) in 1918 and was manufactured in the U.S. and England. It had a friction drive transmission and a low perimeter frame chassis. Its features, including hub-center steering and a longer wheel-base, combined to produce a very stable vehicle which was considered ideal for women. It was marketed towards both sexes but because the weight was at foot level instead of seat level it required less body strength to balance while not in motion. Its attributes were said to be closer to those of an automobile than a motorcycle.
I am a nostalgic nut. I love vintage bikes, cars, clothing, shoes, I love it all. I am fascinated with the various designs of early bikes and the whole transition from horse-drawn to motorized vehicles era. I can’t resist an article or photo about a non-motorized conveyance that was converted to a motor-driven one. I was naturally drawn to this vintage machine. They’re fairly easily found and provided one can afford the $20,000 or so for the bike and a small fortune for restoration it could follow one home. Maybe I should run out and buy lottery tickets.
Because the motor and tank were low to the ground the Ner-A-Car allowed the rider to step through the frame rather than over the tank and allowed women to ride wearing skirts and dresses while mounting and riding. Photos show ladies wearing heels as well.
Anyone looking for an interesting ride should check out the Ner-A-Car Museum at 478 N. Salina St., Syracuse, NY.
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