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Capacity : 230
Model : type A
Production : 1921 - 1928
Category : (R) Scooter


250cc 21/2 UP -1922

Living up to its name

Few inventors could have been blessed with a more perfect inspiration for their invention than Carl A. Neracher, an engineer with the Overland car company. He lived up to his name by producing a motorcycle that truly was "near a car," with some of the backing provided by a man whose name was also that of his product – magnate King C. Gillette.

The cannonball Run

Neracher's "motor wheeler for everybody" had a pressed-steel chassis and hub-center steering; the mechanics were shielded from view by a neat pressed-steel cowling. The friction drive gave five gear ratios between 12:1 and 5:1. The Ner-A-Car cost just $225 from the factory located in Syracuse, NY. Its practicality was proven in 1922, when the legendary Erwin "Cannonball" Baker rode a Ner-A-Car from New York to Los Angeles at an average of 20 mph.

The British Version

Though US production of the Ner-A-Car ended in 1924, this ingenious two-wheeler found an extended life in Britain. A license was taken out by the Sheffield-Simplex car company, whose patron was Earl Fitzwilliam, owner of the largest private house in England. They fitted a 285cc engine of their own make, and the Ner-A-Car found many buyers among the nobility and clergy, as well as women riders. Successful as it was, the Ner-A-Car was pulled down by financial failure in 1926 – but not before they had built a fully sprung Ner-A-Car with windshield, car-type seating and the Blackburne 350 engine and Sturmey-Archer gearbox introduced on the 1925 models.


Engine: 211cc (64x70mm) air-cooled single-cylinder

Valves: two-stroke

Fuel System: Brown & Barlow carburetor

Transmission: 5-speed friction drive, chain final drive

Suspension: leading links with coil springs and hub-center steering (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum (rear)

Wheels: 26x3.00 inch wire (front & rear)

Weight: 165 lb

Maximum Speed: 40 mph

The Ner-A-Car company proudly claimed that their two-wheeler "takes you anywhere for next to nothing"; with an 80 mpg fuel consumption they were not far wrong!

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
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