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1951 Mercedes-Benz 170S Two-Door Cabriolet B (W136)

Lot Number: 822

1951 Mercedes-Benz 170S Two-Door Cabriolet B (W136)

Comfortable, elegant, four-seat 1950s Mercedes Cabriolet, recently refreshed and now ready to be enjoyed.


LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 20th May, 2023 at 1.00pm BST at Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell, Northampton, NN6 0BN

  • Body Colour

    Black / Cream

  • Drive


  • Registration Number

    YXG 833


Comfortable, elegant, four-seat 1950s Mercedes Cabriolet, recently refreshed and now ready to be enjoyed.


In the aftermath of the Second World War, Daimler-Benz recommenced vehicle production with the pre-war 170V, whose tooling and assembly lines had somehow managed to survive the destruction of Allied raids. Although the 170V was of typically 1930s appearance, it remained a relatively modern design under the skin, with rigid construction and independent suspension all round (using swing-axles at the rear) providing ride and handling unmatched by any other car in its class. The engine was a robust side-valve four-cylinder that, with high (all-synchro) gearing, was capable of cruising at autobahn speeds, while a diesel unit was added to the range in 1949 along with a more luxurious model known as the 170S (the S standing for Super). Designated the W136, the new model used a slightly longer and wider body based on the pre-war 230, giving more interior space, a larger boot and extra chrome trim. The additional weight resulted in a number of mechanical revisions, including an enlarged 1,767cc engine with a single Solex downdraught carburettor, larger brakes and revised front suspension featuring wishbones and coil springs. Aimed at the well-heeled buyer, the 170S was also notable as the first post-war Mercedes-Benz sold outside Germany. The interior had numerous improvements, including instruments located directly ahead of the driver and very comfortable cloth-trimmed seats. In production from May 1949 until February 1952, Daimler-Benz offered the 170S as a saloon (with the option of a sunroof) and in two cabriolet guises, offering a choice of two or four seats.

Finished in the most attractive colour combination of black over cream, this outstanding left-hand drive four-seat Mercedes 170S Cabriolet B was restored in the Netherlands by an ex-Mercedes engineer, clearly with an eye for detail. It's exceptionally well-presented with a really lovely period interior reminiscent of those slightly decadent coachbuilt coupés of the late 1930s. Having been in storage from 2015 until recently, the vehicle has now been fully recommissioned and is ready to be enjoyed. It's accompanied by an interesting history file and photographic record of the restoration and as such would grace the floor of any serious collection, however, we feel that it would be so much more fun when used as intended.

The 170S was never regarded as a powerful car but what it does have is style and elegance and would be welcome anywhere.





Lot Number
Registration Number
YXG 833
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Body Colour
Black / Cream



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