Lot 258: Mercedes-Benz 170 V Cabriolet B
During the 1920s Mercedes-Benz concentrated production on its exotic, six cylinder machines such as the SS/SSK models, together with more mundane side valve, six cylinder models for the mass market. These were followed in 1930 by the Type 170 which, with a 1.7 litre four cylinder engine, was the smallest Mercedes-Benz model yet made; it also marked a Mercedes first in having all round independent suspension. In 1936 the 170 was superseded by the new 170V with a tubular backbone chassis, which was to become the company's best-selling pre-war model. Variations on the chassis including military applications, such as the Kubelwagen and three seater cabriolet models. Power came from a 1,697cc engine producing 38bhp at 3,400rpm via a single Solex carburettor, mated to a four-speed gearbox. In 1949 the 170V was joined by the diesel engine 170D and the more luxurious 170S, both of which remained in production until 1955, including a two door four seat cabriolet. This lovely three-owner 170 V Cabriolet B was delivered to the first owner in Mannheim on the 17th March 1937. He clearly was very fond of the car, keeping it in his possession for over 30 years. In 1968 the car went to Holland and its second owner, who maintained the car until 1975. Now in its current ownership for 36 years (from 1975 to the present day), the car has undergone restoration to a high standard, and is said to have only covered a mere 8000kms since being completed. Finished in a beautiful combination of light grey over blue, with a contrasting dark grey leather interior, this car is described as being in good condition all round and is supplied with the relevant owners and workshop manuals. This Mercedes is a very rare and desirable vehicle and should be at top of any serious collector's wish list.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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