Lot 195 - 1951 Mercedes-Benz 170 S
|Registration||170 ZG 78|
|Chassis Number||136.040 09013/51|
|Engine Number||136.92 201175/51|
|Odometer reading||12,408 km|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,760|
The Mercedes-Benz W136 was one of a range of inline-four cylinder cars from the mid-1930s into the 1950s. The model 170 V 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 but 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 170 V 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 170 S version of the 170 V in 1949. It was more luxurious, costlier and, when launched, slightly larger than the 170 V, 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 170 S four-door saloon was imported from France at the end of last year. It was purchased from a gentleman who lived on the north west side of Paris who had acquired the car some 25 years ago and spent many years on its restoration. Finished in maroon with grey cloth interior, this excellent example is supplied with a French registration document, a French transfer document, a number of parts invoices from 2003, a UK MoT test certificate which expires in February 2017 and the car has been registered as being in the UK with NOVA. This lovely example is in excellent condition throughout both coachwork and mechanically, the vendor having driven the car about 1,000 kilometres without incident.
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