Established by Daimler-Benz in 1936 to build airplane engines, Industriewerke Ludwigsfelde (IWL) built scooters between ’54 and ’65 – they’re still kicking under Mercedes Benz, where they build Sprinter vans.
The Berlin, also known as the SR 59, was introduced in 1959 as a successor to the SR 56 Wiesel. It’s a handsome scoot with a MZ 143cc engine that produced 7.5 horsepower, good for a top speed of just over 50 miles per hour. It had a four-speed transmission and was the first IWL to have a steering lock to deter those pesky thieves. Despite some flaws, it had some success in export markets, and 113,943 were built by the time production ended in 1962. Interesting accessories included a child seat that would affix in between the driver’s legs, or a lightweight trailer called the Campi that was built in partnership with Stoye, but good luck finding one of those:
The paint is old on this 21,731 mile example, but it runs and is claimed to be in decent condition. Find this IWL for sale in Peer, Belgium with bidding up to $420 and the reserve not yet met (and free shipping to the US)