1951 Mercedes-Benz 170


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    12 369 mi / 19 906 km
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"The Mercedes-Benz W136 was one of a range of inline-four-cylinder cars from the mid-1930s into the 1950s. The model 170V made its public debut as successor to the W15 Type 170 in February 1936 and between 1936 and 1939 it was Mercedes-Benz top selling model. During the war the plant suffered very severe bomb damage, the manufacturer nevertheless emerged from the trauma with a significant competitive advantage over many of its pre-war competitors. Enough of the W136's tooling survived the bombing during World War II (or could be recreated post-war) for it to serve as the foundation upon which the company could rebuild. By 1947 the model 170V had resumed its place as Mercedes-Benz top-seller, a position it held until 1953. Lacking a luxury car in its line-up, Mercedes-Benz sought to regain a niche in that market by introducing the upscale 170S version of the 170V in 1949. It was more luxurious, costlier and, when launched, slightly larger than the 170V, distinctions the company made an effort to emphasize. Although sometimes referred to today as the first S-Class Mercedes-Benz, that designation did not yet exist.This 1951 Mercedes-Benz 170S four-door saloon was imported from France in 2015. It was purchased from a gentleman who lived on the north-west side of Paris, who had acquired the car some 25 years prior and spent many years on its restoration. Finished in maroon with matching maroon and grey cloth interior, the condition of this rare Mercedes-Benz can only be described as excellent. The current fastidious vendor has enjoyed this 170S for the last five years and whilst used sparingly he has continued to improve the quality where necessary. Now registered in the UK and bearing the index number of VXS 654 this Mercedes-Benz is supplied with a V5C registration document and some invoices. Still in left hand drive format, this 170S is a delightful example and viewing is recommended to fully appreciate the quality.