Derived from its predecessor, the 170, the Mercedes-Benz 200 or W21 was a very sophisticated small car. It was first shown at the Paris Auto Salon. With the luxury market largely gone thanks to the Depression, the 170 was designed and built as an advanced contender in the medium-size, medium-price market. Most impressive was the ride and handling. Introduced in 1931, the 170 was the first Mercedes-Benz to have independently sprung suspension. Technical chief Hans Nibel was an expert on springing and suspension and was interested in seeing that a car could operate with the maximum of comfort and stability as well as speed, regardless of the size of the vehicle.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
40 hp, 1,949 cc in-line four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, hydraulic front and rear drum brakes, front axle with transversely mounted leaf springs, rear swing axle with coil springs. Wheelbase: 2,700 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
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