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The Mercedes 170S

The Mercedes 170S

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The Mercedes 170S

106 pages
50 minutes
Nov 3, 2011


The 170S W136, launched in 1949, was the first real Mercedes executive car after WWII. This guide, which was fully revised in March 2016, covers the car’s complete history with all its versions. It explains in detail the chassis number and data card and looks at a rather unique coach-built Hebmüller coupe. Like all books by the author it comes superbly illustrated with many recent color photos. If you want to know more about the 170S, then this book will be of interest to you.

With over 25 books and e-books written about Mercedes-Benz cars, Bernd S. Koehling has proven to be an authority on the brand. Those books cover cars from the 1947 170V to the 2012 SL R231.

Nov 3, 2011

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With over 25 books and e-books written about Mercedes-Benz cars, Bernd S. Koehling has proven to be an authority on the brand. Those books cover cars from the 1947 170V to the 2012 SL R231. Bernd has been involved in the Mercedes scene since the early 1970s, when he restored his first 170 Cabrio B. Since then he has not only owned many classic Mercedes including a 220S, 300d Adenauer, 200D, 250SE, 280SE coupe 3.5, 300SEL, 350SL, 280E, 450SE, SLK230, he has also gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, which he shares with his readers in his books. Bernd has always considered Mercedes one of his favorite car manufacturers and has driven almost all Mercedes models built since the 1950s. His other weakness revolves around British cars, here especially Jaguar and Alvis. If you would like to know more about Bernd's books or want to read his blog with selected Mercedes stories, why don't you visit his website: benz-books.com

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The Mercedes 170S

Sedan, Cabriolet A and B W136, W191

1949 – 1955

By Bernd S. Koehling

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2016 Bernd S. Koehling

All rights reserved



The Cars

170S W136/W191 (1949 – 1955)

Developing a new executive car

The technical aspects

The 170S

The cabriolets

The 170Sb

The diesel

The 170S-V and S-D

The coachbuilders

The sales performance

Experiencing the 170S

Technical chapters

The chassis number explained

The data card explained

Technical specifications

Production history

About the author

One last thing


First of all I would like to thank you for having purchased this book and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. It is part of an e-book series that covers all cars produced by Daimler-Benz during the 1950s and 1960s.

The early 1950s were still a difficult time for Daimler-Benz, as it slowly started to develop the business, which was less than five years after the war not an easy undertaking. Manpower was luckily available, but material was difficult to come by in sufficient quality and quantities. On the other hand Daimler-Benz had been more fortunate than other German automotive companies, because their plants were all located in the western part of Germany. Other previously famous brands such as Horch, Adler, Audi or part of BMW were less lucky.

Early in the 1950s prewar styling was still predominant. And although a few companies such as Borgward in Bremen, Northern Germany worked already on more modern designs, Daimler-Benz made the wise decision not to test these waters too early and stick to the tried and tested designs that their customers were accustomed to.

Late in the 1940s the 170S started as a luxury automobile and when it was finally stopped in 1955, it had become a car for the upper middle class. Compared with the pre-war glory of a 540K, the 170S was by those standards a non-starter, an old warmed-up four-cylinder automobile that dated back to the 1930s. Yet it helped the company in one of its most crucial moments to regain badly needed confidence, not only within its own work force and customers but also with the financial institutions.

Fully revised in 2016, this guide explains in detail the chassis number and data card, which was naturally in the early 1950s still not very detailed. That is why it also gives an outlook of how this card evolved over the next couple of years. The chapter ends with a description of a data card that was used in the early 1960s. This is of course not anymore related to the 170S, but I just wanted to give the you a bit more information on this interesting subject.

If you are interested, this e-book is also available in a printed version as part of the book: MERCEDES-BENZ, The 1950s, Volume 1. It covers next to the 170S its predecessor, the 170V, the 220, 300 Adenauer and the 300S models. Further details can be found on my website.

March 2016

Bernd S. Koehling

MB 170S W136 IV (1949 – 1952)

MB 170Sb W191 (1952 – 1953)

MB 170DS W191D (1952 – 1953)

MB 170S-V W136 VIII (1953 – 1955)

MB 170S-D W136 VIIID (1953 – 1955)

Developing a new executive car

Towards the end of the 1940s the German car market looked as follows: General Motors produced through its German subsidiary Opel the Olympia, a very successful 1,5l medium sized car and the Kapitän, a luxury car that gained fame for its ultra smooth six-cylinder 2,5l engine. The Kapitän was the most powerful car of its time in Germany and the darling of almost every captain of the industry, most of whom did not want to drive or be driven in a foreign-made car. Ford offered the 1,2l Taunus since 1948 and Mercedes had the 170V since July 1947.

The 170V was the first and only shot Daimler-Benz had shortly after the war. Luckily the pre-war Mercedes image was still a powerful marketing tool, so the car proved to be the successful attempt to regain part of the company’s pre-war market share. Yet it was clear that the car could not live up for long to people’s

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