Mercedes-Benz 170 V

The Mercedes-Benz 170 Series was produced from 1949 until February of 1955. It made its introduction at the 1949 IAA in Hannover and much of its design and mechanical components were sourced from pre-War models. The first 170 engine was produced in February 1946 with production of commercial vehicles starting later that year. In May of 1947, the 170V sedan entered into production and continued to be the only model made until 1949. A diesel engine was introduced for the 170 in 1949. This was the world's third diesel fueled passenger car and the first to be introduced after the war. The range of models in the 170S would grow to include 2 and 4 door sedans and 2 or 4 seat convertibles.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012

Mercedes-Benz 170 V


Total Production: 75,006
The Mercedes-Benz 170V, internal code W136, was successor to the W15 six-cylinder 170 model. The 170V was more powerful and slightly larger than its predecessor, but it came with only four-cylinders. It was introduced in 1936 and wore more streamlined bodies than the 170 and had a lower price. The 'V' represented vorn, German for front, distinguishing it from the rear-engine 170 H model, with the 'H' standing for heck, or rear.

The 170 V also had a new backbone chassis which offered greater torsional rigidity. The new side-valve 4-cylinder engine displaced 1697cc and offered nearly 40 horsepower, thanks (in-part) to a compression ratio of 6.0:1. Top speed was achieved at around 70 miles per hour. The 170V had a fully independent suspension all around. Front suspension was by upper and lower parallel transverse leaf springs while the rear suspension utilized swing axles and coil springs. The 170 V was equipped with a synchronized four-speed manual transmission and 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

Production of the 170 V began in 1935 and it made its formal debut at the Berlin Motor Show of February of 1936. Around 70,000 examples were produced from 1935 to 1942.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017

Mercedes-Benz 170 V

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