Neracar Model A from 1922
Frame number S2412, engine number 2173
The Neracar Model A, built in 1922, has a few peculiar
characteristics, amongst others:
Engine: Sheffield Simplex, 2-stroke, 255 cc
Frame: two Side Rails connected by a transverse Spacer Tube and
Gear and Clutch: Friction Drive.
Electrical installation: 4 Volt
Head Lamps: At the LH side an Acetylene Lamp, at the RH side an
electric Lamp. Both have the same shape.
Tail Lamp: An integrated acetylene/electric lamp
I found my Neracar Model A in August 2010 I on the Internet. It was
for sale in Spain and, apart from the front light and taillight, the
motorbike looked quite original and complete. I recently had
obtained my knowledge of the Neracar by reading Ken Philps book,
which certainly contains sufficient information to judge originality
My communication with the seller, who
spoke only Spanish, took place through Google-Translate. To test the
correctness of the translation, I entered some English texts into
Google-Translate and the Spanish outcome was entered again, to be
translated back to English. I could understand the final text, which
gave sufficient confidence to start the communication with my new
Spanish friend. Although the English translations were not perfect
(e-mails started wit “Dear lord”), I could pretty well understand
the e-mails from Spain, as he could understand mine.
A Spaniard called
We made the deal and Pedro, the owner,
shipped the motorcycle by DHL to The Netherlands, where it arrived a
few days later.
I opened the large crate,
observed my new toy and was not disappointed at all.
Pedro and his Company appeared to be a reliable partner in business.
Lose bolts and nuts.
As it was said to be in running condition, I started the engine the
next day and rode a few hundred yards, which by and large went well.
The Foot Starter Pedal did however not return to the initial
position and the reason turned out to be a broken LH Side
Reinforcement, onto which the Starter Shaft is mounted. Furthermore
I noticed that most bolts and nuts were quite lose, so I decided to
totally take the motorcycle apart to be sure everything would be in
good shape. Besides, the plates, fenders and frame were loosely
sprayed with a can, including Bowden cables and a few other things.
Under the new spray a hard layer of, I assume, powder coat, was
A PPL is born.
Breaking the motorcycle down to pieces
gave me the opportunity to take photographs and measurements and to
build the Model A Pictorial Parts List, which is the core of this
I have been able
to trace back part the history of my British Neracar Model A with
frame number S2412 and engine number 2173. In short:
On January 25, 1923, the motorbike was registered for the first time
to Olive Cornes, 22 Ernest Street, Crewe. The registration number
on, it was registered to John C. Chittendon, 34 Grey Street, Hull.
Expiry date of ‘last’ licence: December 31, 1953.
‘Certificate of permanent export’ no 674447 shows for ‘Registered
keeper’s name and address’: Collectors autodos LTD, 41 Palmerston
Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4JJ’ and for ‘Date of acquisition by
registered keeper’ 24-06-1999. The registration mark was PR71A.
Holland the regulations were changed overnight, resulting in the
fact that registration
could not take place if there were no original registration papers
with the vehicle. Fortunately this was reverted back and finally in
January 2011 my Neracar became the
proud owner of registration number
more complete references to the Neracar see:
The book "Neracar, Ken Philp reveals the untold story"
Copyright 2011 Ben Geutskens