DKW Hobby scooter, 1955
A trend that came from Italy and proved highly popular in Germany: the motor scooter. DKW introduced its “Hobby” scooter in October 1954; it differed from its rivals in this category by its large 16-inch wheels and continuously variable automatic transmission. The single-cylinder two-stroke engine, a new design, developed 3 horsepower and was located under the seat, ahead of the rear wheel. The Hobby enjoyed great success as soon as it appeared and was a particularly popular choice among women riders.