MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1

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Excerpts from the book:

The Mercedes 170 V sedan
Production of the Mercedes 170 V was already resumed shortly after the war in May 1946. Initially only pick-ups, panel vans and ambulance cars, as Mercedes was prohibited to build passenger cars.

<<<But to launch a new Mercedes diesel in the late 1940s into a limited market had its risks, especially for a company that was still struggling to get its feet firmly on the ground again. In a speech in early 1948, CEO Dr. Wilhelm Haspel addressed the diesel issue as follows:

I am in no doubt that this engine is a very good design solution and that it is highly attractive in the current climate. But having looked closely at our operations and established the circumstances in which we find ourselves in terms of men and machines, I have reached the conclusion that anything done on top of what we are already doing would be enough to bankrupt our company. If we do not take action to make ourselves price competitive with the Mercedes 170 V and turn out at least 1000 vehicles per month, then this factory will perish, even if we were to build a diesel engine with such low fuel consumption. Today we are currently producing an average of 100 vehicles per month. This raises the real question of whether, given such a shortfall, the factory may have to close. In a year the situation could perhaps be different.


After the war Daimler-Benz stopped offering convertibles for the Mercedes 170 V model. With one exception: the OTP. OTP stands for Offener Tourenwagen Polizei (Open Touringcar Police) and was a four-door diesel powered tourer only available to the German police and federal border guard. 530 of them were built in 1951 and 1952. It shared the diesel engine with the 170 D a (OM636 VI) and was with 10,650. - DM (2,520. - US$) fairly expensive. But the price was explained with the low production volume.
The 170 D a OTP (W136 VII), as it was officially called, had its doors fastened to the cars B-column, so that the body did not start to bend or even break under load when more than one door was open at the same time

If you want to read in much more detail about the Mercedes 170 V, its OTP version, its coachbuilders and how it really was driving a Mercedes 170 V in the so-called good old days, then please go here for the printed book or here for the e-book version. While the printed version covers cars such as the 170, 220, 300 and 300S, the e-book deals with  the Mercedes 170 V models. Both have plenty of new color pictures, never published in a book before. I am sure you will enjoy

Mercedes 170 V
Mercedes 170 V, dashboard
Mercedes 170 V, OTP version
Mercedes 170 V Video Mercedes 170 DA Video Mercedes 170 V Museum Video
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Mercedes 170 V W136 (1947 - 1953)

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