1937 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabriolet A
Chassis no. 184635
Introduced in 1931, the 170 formed the mainstay of Mercedes-Benz production in the difficult Depression years of the mid-1930s. Although outwardly of conservative appearance, the Hans Nibel-designed 170 featured all-independent suspension that set new standards of ride comfort and safety; it was also competitively priced for a six-cylinder car and suited the prevailing market conditions, being compact and economical yet constructed to Mercedes-Benz's traditionally high standard. The 1,692cc, side-valve engine drove via a three-speed manual gearbox equipped with an overdrive economy gear.
So successful was Nibel's original concept that the 170 changed little until it was replaced in 1936 by the four-cylinder 170V. A landmark model for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer, the 1.7-litre 170V formed the mainstay of Mercedes-Benz production in the immediate post-war years. Running gear was state-of-the-art at the time, comprising an oval-tube backbone-type chassis, swing-axle independent rear suspension, transverse-leaf independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes. Two- and four-door saloon models were offered together with no fewer than five different soft-tops. The model reappeared post-war and in improved form continued in production until 1955.
The Mercedes-Benz 170V that we offer here is one of the rare Cabriolet A models. This matching-numbers, original example has covered a relatively low mileage, and is offered today in largely original condition ready for a restoration or careful conservation.