8-9 September 2013

Mercedes Collection

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Lot 119

1953 Mercedes-Benz 170 DS Saloon

  • Chassis no. 191.110.02944/53

Sold for £23,520

40 hp, 1,767 cc inline overhead-valve four-cylinder diesel engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,845 mm

One of the first projects at the newly merged Daimler-Benz AG was a diesel engine. This engine was six-cylinder unit that was used for commercial use. It was introduced in 1926 and steadily improved in ensuing years. In February 1936, a four-cylinder version for passenger cars debuted at the Berlin Auto Show, and it soon became a workhorse in Germany’s taxi fleet.

After World War II, economy and austerity were necessary virtues. An overhead-valve diesel version of the model 170’s 1,767-cubic centimetre petrol engine made its entrance for 1949. Although immediately popular for commercial and taxi use, it also gained favour in the private passenger car market. This 1953 170 DS Saloon is a prime example from this market.

Painted in dark blue, it has dark grey vinyl upholstery and a light grey fabric headliner. The paint exhibits some orange peel, but it presents well. The interior is unworn, and the seats, floor carpet, and headliner show no flaws. The instrument panel is nicely detailed, and it has a varnished wood garnish moulding and air outlets from the heater. A clock complements the speedometer and engine condition gauges, and a column gear change is fitted.

The brightwork shows a few pits, and some items appear to have original plating. The boot lining matches the carpets, and the compartment is furnished with a correct spare tyre and jack, which are located under a shelf. The engine compartment is generally clean, but it exhibits some soiling from use. As a nice example of the post-war diesel passenger car line, it will be an asset to any collection or a wonderful start for the entry-level collector.

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