The 1939 Mercedes-Benz 170V (W136) on offer at Classic Park is a four-door "Cabrio-Limousine", with a foldaway canvas roof. The spare wheel is, typical of this model, placed on the trunk. The boot itself is accessible from the inside of the car.
The 170 series was a Mercedes-Benz bestseller before and after World War II. Production ran from 1931 to 1955 and of the six generations manufactured, a total of over two hundred thousand copies were sold.
The Type 170 (W15) was introduced in early 1931 and was a very advanced car for its time. The 170, for example, was one of few cars with independent suspension on the rear axle. Moreover, the car was equipped with a steering wheel lock, central lubrication system, and there were hydraulic brakes on all four wheels. The handbrake was mechanical. The 1692 cc, six-cylinder in-line engine with 32 hp was linked to a manual three-speed gearbox. The top speed was around 55 mph (90 km / h) and fuel consumption was 11 liters per 100 km (62 miles. The 170 was a light and compact car that weighed around 1,200 kg. The mid-range automobile was sold at the time, for 4,000 to 6,000 Reichsmark and was mainly delivered as a four door limousine or convertible. The utility cars built on the same chassis, sold well too. Of this first generation 170 (W15) 13,775 cars were sold.
In 1934 the successor, the 170 (W28), was announced. Its exterior was more modern and curvier. This series had a special version, the 170 H. H stands for "Heck" (German for rear), since the engine was in the back.
Early 1936 the 170V (W136) was presented. V for "Vorn" (German for front), since the engine was situated in the front. The four-cylinder side-valve 170V had rear wheel drive and a four speed gearbox. Although the capacity (1.7 liter) was similar to that of its predecessor, this engine was considerably more powerful. The output was 38 hp (28 kW), at 3,400 rpm, fuel consumption was 1:10.
Technical and stylistically the 170V was modern for its time, and sold for a lower price. A great variety in bodywork was offered: four door saloons, convertible limousines and vans, two door two- and four seaters, convertibles, roadsters and pickups. From 1936 to 1942 more than 75,000 Mercedes-Benz 170V were sold.
Allied bombing during the Second World War destroyed most of the plants. In 1947 production of the 170V resumed and until 1955 about 83,000 of this model were manufactured.
1939 Mercedes-Benz 170 V "cabrio-limousine".
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