8-9 September 2013

Mercedes Collection

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Lot 102

1954 Mercedes-Benz 170 S-V Ambulance

  • Chassis no. 136.083.4500485
  • Engine no. 136.926.4500520

Sold for £50,400

45 hp, 1,767 cc inline L-head four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,845 mm

As the principal post-World War II model in the Mercedes-Benz range, the W136 Series 170 was pressed into service for a variety of purposes. Limousines (saloons) became taxis, and a number of commercial variants were introduced for specific tasks. These included a kasten liefenwagen (box van) and kombiwagen (estate car), as well as a fahrgestelle (bare chassis) for construction of special-purpose commercials. A mainstay of the public service sector was the Krankenwagen-Lueg-Motor (motor ambulance recumbent).

This nice example of the 170 S-V Krankenwagen has been the recipient of a quality restoration. The period-appropriate grey paint displays a good shine and minimal orange peel. The brightwork appears original and presents quite well, despite some pits and thin spots. The driving compartment is upholstered in patterned brown vinyl and is of a high quality, and the instrument panel is very well detailed. The four-speed gearbox has a steering column-mounted change.

There is a sliding window in the division partition, and the rear compartment is outfitted with a correct patient litter and jump seat for an attendant. In addition to hinged cargo doors at the rear, there is a side door on the passenger side. The engine compartment is very clean and correctly detailed, apart from some modern hose clamps. A heater has been fitted for patient and staff comfort in cold weather. This 170 S-V Krankenwagen has been restored to the highest standards, and it is an uncommon example of a utility Mercedes of the post-war period.

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