Patented in 1919 and put into production in '21, with funding provided by "Razor Royalty" King C. Gillette, the $175 Ner-A-Car was promoted as an inexpensive alternative to the automobile. The Ner-A-Car was car-like by design. The low-slung, pressed-steel perimeter frame was arranged like an automobile's, and the single-cylinder, two-stroke, 255cc engine was turned sideways with its crankshaft oriented longitudinally. Instead of a conventional transmission, the engine's exposed flywheel met a fabric-covered drive wheel at a 90-degree angle. A lever moved the drive wheel to different positions against the flywheel, thereby altering the gear ratio-a primitive form of a scooter-style CVT. The Ner-A-Car also used a double-leading-arm front suspension with hub-center steering-the first production use of that arrangement.