MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1

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Mercedes 170 S, Cabrio A
Mercedes 170 S, dashboard
Mercedes 170 S V, 1953
Excerpts from the book:

The Mercedes 170 S sedan
<<<With a more modern, wider body with softer flowing lines and larger windows, a greatly improved front axle plus a larger four-cylinder engine that now offered 52 DIN hp, the new Mercedes 170 S was seen as vastly improved over the 170 V, when it made its proud entrance at the Technical Export Fair in Hanover in May 1949. As intended by Daimler-Benz, it was immediately clear that a true competitor to the luxurious Opel Kapitän from General Motors had arrived. Although only powered by a four-cylinder, the mercedes 170 S can be regarded as the first S-class, although from today's perspective it might merely settle for an E-class, especially when seen as a Mercedes-Benz diesel>>>

<<<In 1953, after a four-year production run, it was finally time for the Mercedes 170 S models for their last show down. To distinguish them from their predecessors, they changed into the 170 S-V and S-D model. Now competing against the new ponton style 180 (W120) series, Daimler-Benz decreased the prices again in the same way they did already with the 170 V, when that car faced internal competition from the Mercedes 170 S. But this time costs of production could not justify a price reduction without simplifying the product on offer. So it was decided to use the old Mercedes 170 V engine and its simpler front axle. The diesel engine remained unchanged, as it was the same 40 DIN hp as in the previous 170 D. Logically they were not called anymore internally W191 and W191D. It was back to W136. This time W136 VIII and W136 VIII D respectively>>>

What does the book offer:

It gives you all the facts about the 170S series and deals in addition also with the 170V series from 1936 to 1953. These are some of the 170S topics covered:
* the development and history of the 170S with its cabriolet derivations
* chassis number and data card are explained in great detail
* should you be interested in the coach-built models like the Hebmüller coupe for example, you will read about them here
* some 80 mostly recent non-Daimler AG color photos highlight many interesting features, this includes pictures of the suspension and
* you are invited to a ride in a 170S Cabriolet

A separate chapter covers the technical features and production figures. Enjoy!

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Mercedes 170 S W136 (1949 - 1955)

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