Mercedes-Benz 170VS photo

1938 Mercedes-Benz 170VS


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

1938 Vehicle Profiles


Chassis Num: 422333

The 1938 Mercedes-Benz 170 VS is known as the 'Alpine Racer'. This car was the first built of a very limited production run of the 170 VS. It is the only 170 VS left with all of its original numbers matching body panels. It was used in the Alpine Rac....[continue reading]

Chassis #: 422333 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

170 V

102.36 in.
6 cyl., 103.25 CID., 32.00hp
112.00 in.
4 cyl., 103.56 CID., 38.00hp
112.00 in.
112.00 in.
4 cyl., 103.56 CID., 38.00hp

Industry Production

1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
1937Chevrolet (815,375)Ford (765,933)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)

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