8-9 September 2013

Mercedes Collection

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Lot 107

1933 Mercedes-Benz 170 Cabriolet C

  • Chassis no. 94290
  • Engine no. 94290

Sold for £50,400

32 hp, 1,692 cc inline L-head six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm

As the brainchild of Technical Director Hans Nibel, the Mercedes-Benz 170 was a concession to the economic distress of the early 1930s. Intended to complement the large, luxurious cars in the Mercedes range, it was not quite four metres long and weighed just 750 kilograms.

Although mostly conventional in design, it broke new ground as the first Mercedes with four-wheel independent suspension and two transverse leaf springs in the front and swing axles at the rear. Hydraulic brakes were fitted on all four wheels. Power came from a compact, 1,692-cubic centimetre side-valve six. The four-speed gearbox had an overdrive ratio for top gear. Fuel consumption of 26 mpg (Imperial) was balanced nicely by a top speed of 55 mph.

Striking in a burgundy shade of red with black wings, this 170 Cabriolet C was delivered through the Daimler-Benz branch in Halle an der Saale in July 1933. It seats four in a cosy yet deceptively spacious body. The interior is done in black leather, which shows some use but little wear and no tear. The floor has black carpeting, and a black instrument panel displays original gauges. The hood is medium grey with dark grey piping.

The brightwork is all in good condition and includes a centre-mounted driving lamp, chromed Bosch headlamps, a radiator shell, and bumpers. The original scuttle-mounted trafficators are augmented by modern flashing turn signals for safety in today’s traffic, and a spare tyre is mounted behind a metal boot.

The engine compartment and undercarriage are both very sanitary and nicely detailed. Although lacking the élan of the 170 Roadster model, this Cabriolet C has an air of elegance and the ability to transport the whole family.

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