Mercedes-Benz 170S Cabriolet A

The Mercedes-Benz 170 was introduced in 1931 and was the company’s mainstay during the 1930s. It was quite progressive for its day, with independent suspension all around, four-wheel hydraulic brakes and a small 1.6-litre six-cylinder engine, which was replaced with a four-cylinder in the 170V of 1936.

After WWII the 170 soldiered on until 1955, with the more powerful “S” model introduced in 1949, with even a diesel option for taxi work. Along with basic sedans, attractive cabriolet bodies were offered in “A” and “B” styles. The latter is recognizable by the extended cockpit and side windows for the rear passengers.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

52 hp, 1,767 cc, four-cylinder side-valve engine, one down-draught Solex carburettor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, independent rear suspension with swing axles and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,850 mm.

Source: RM Auctions

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