8-9 September 2013

Mercedes Collection

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Lot 134

1936 Mercedes-Benz 170 H Cabriolet Saloon

  • Chassis no. 137419
  • Engine no. 137419

Sold for £33,600

38 bhp, 1,697 cc water-cooled flathead four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, transverse leaf-spring front suspension, coil-spring rear suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm

The streamlined 170 H “people’s Mercedes-Benz” was offered in several variations, amongst them an attractive cabriolet saloon that offered the opportunity for open-air fun or closed comfort. Sliding open what was essentially the world’s largest sunroof exposed the interior and its four passengers to sunlight and fresh air, making this one of the most interesting of the small Mercedes-Benzes offered before the war. It is amongst the most desirable 170 H variants to be found today, with examples figuring into the collections of several prominent museums worldwide.

Offered here is the rare opportunity to buy what must be one of the nicest 170 Hs in existence, an example which was delivered through the Daimler-Benz branch in Stuttgart in May 1936. Restored some time ago to an unusually high standard for this model, it is finished in medium blue with a black convertible top and light grey vinyl interior, and it is equipped with a convertible top boot, a tool kit, an amber Bosch driving light, and Bosch trafficators. Typical of Mercedes-Benz, even on a low-cost model, an astonishing amount of fine detail is found throughout, including chrome hubcaps, very comfortable seats, a 540 K-style dashboard, and a finned exhaust manifold!

Presented in very good condition, this Cabriolet Saloon would make a very fine about-town driver as-is, and it is practically guaranteed to fit in even the narrowest of parking spaces. It could also be lightly freshened and mechanically re-commissioned to become an unlikely but attractive addition to any show field. Chances are slim that the driver will meet another one coming down the A1.

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