Designed by Carl Neracher in 1918, the Ner-A-Car was sold as a cheap automobile alternative. Approximately 10,000 were built and sold in the US, and another 6,500 were built and sold in England under license. I’ve featured one of the latter before – here’s one of the former.
The design was fascinating as it featured hub-center steering. (Note: I mistakenly said this was the first production motorcycle with hub-center steering. As shown in the comments below, Paul d’Orleans notes that the honor actually goes to “Tooley’s Patent Bi-Car of 1905, which was built under license by Zenith from 1906 onward”). The step-through design and bodywork kept riders clean, allowing them to wear ordinary clothes on their way to work or local shops. Production started in 1921, and the Model “A” had a 221cc 2-stroke engine that produced 2.5 horsepower. In the fall of 1922, Erwin “Cannonball” Baker rode a Ner-a-Car from New York City to Los Angeles – it took him just over 174 hours. Varying sources online suggest that of the 16,500 Ner-a-Car’s ever built, only about 100 remain. For more on the model, check out this site dedicated to the Ner-a-Car.
This example is claimed to be fully operational. It does not have any paint and the seller suggests the only non-original parts are the seat cover and the Coker tires. Find this Ner-a-Car for sale in Winter Haven, Florida for $20,000 here on Craigslist.
Bonus video of a different Ner-a-Car in motion:
This bike-uriousity brought to you by Rob B!