Ner-a-car B-series motor bicycle

1925 in Kingston-upon-Thames

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ner-a-car motor bicycle, 1925. Designed by the American designer Carl Neracher in 1918 and an example of attempts by motorcycle designers to give the motorcycle and motor-tricycle more car-like features. The name, a play on Neracher and the idea that the vehicle was ‘nearly a car’, underline this intention. It was known for its stability and protection from the road, debris and the weather, inviting riders to ‘Go As You Are on Your Ner-A-Car’. About 1,000 to 1500 were made every year between 1921 and 1926 and only about 50 (including this one) are known to still exist in England.


Road Transport
Object Number:
motor cycles motor cycles
Mr. A.A. Snellgrove

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.