1. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 170 V Cabriolet

  2. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 170 V Cabriolet

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Lot Number
30
1938 Mercedes-Benz 170 V Cabriolet
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $140,000 - $160,000
CHASSIS NO: 414843
• Striking design and Sindelfingen open coach-built body
• Quality, very nicely preserved, 1990s restoration
• Featured, May/June 1997 issue of “The Star” magazine
• Sophisticated underpinnings and driving experience

1,697 cc L-head inline four-cylinder engine, 38 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 2,845 mm (112”)


Demonstrating the power of a diverse product portfolio and operated with an overriding observance of quality and innovation, Mercedes-Benz has long made its mark in virtually every aspect of transportation. The 170 V was conceived to compete in the upper-medium market, debuted in February 1936. Chassis engineer Hans Nibel designed the basic platform, featuring all-independent suspension in a lightweight chassis. Ride quality and handling were far above other vehicles in the same class and the new model proved popular with nearly 70,000 built before 1941.

The 170 was available in a wide variety of vehicles, ranging from two and four-door sedans, two or four-seat cabriolets, roadsters, cabrio-sedans, open touring cars, and commercial vehicles. For buyers of somewhat more modest means than those of the elite 540K, the 170 V Cabriolet offered the cachet of a Sindelfingen designed and built body at a more reasonable, though still not insignificant $1,459 in 1936. Rather than modifying a mass-produced model, each Cabriolet A was hand-built alongside its more expensive stablemates. The resemblance to its larger sibling can be seen in the graceful sweep of the front wings, the taper of the bonnet as it flows from cowl to radiator grille, and the elegant overall proportions.

Our featured example of this rare and desirable coachbuilt Mercedes-Benz was recently part of the collection of renowned contemporary American realist painter, Jamie Wyeth. It was completely restored beginning in 1990 by Magno Restorations of Massachusetts and has been featured in the May/June 1997 issue of “The Star” magazine. It has been very well cared for since the high quality restoration was completed, and it presents today in lovely condition. The two-tone black and red paint is period correct and highlights the handsome lines of this rare and desirable body style. Beautiful concours quality chrome work remains in excellent order and the body fit and alignment confirm the very high level restoration. Signature steel disc wheels are painted red and provide visual accents against the black fenders. The body style is simple, yet finely detailed, with features including an inset rear-mounted spare tire, small trunk behind the top, exposed landau irons, and cowl-mounted trafficators. The cabin is trimmed in lovely dark red leather complementing the exterior paint scheme. Soft trim remains very good, showing light use since restoration while presenting a welcoming character. Instruments, switchgear, and interior brightwork are all very good, showing some light wear yet remaining very attractive. A side-facing rear “kinderseat” accommodates the occasional second passenger. Beneath the bonnet resides the 1,697cc side-valve four-cylinder engine. This example is well detailed with proper fittings and hardware, though not over restored or fussy. The engine produces 38 horsepower and drives the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. Four-wheel hydraulic brakes and independent suspension supply surprising modernity on the road.

Following its high quality restoration, this car was shown at numerous prestigious venues including Meadowbrook, the Castle Hill Concours, Lime Rock Vintage Fall Festival, Radnor Hunt Concours, and more. It was displayed at the Lars Anderson Museum’s Mercedes Retrospective and was even featured for a Saks Fifth Avenue advertisement. Remaining handsome, it is ready for tours, rallies, or simply to enjoy on your favorite country roads. This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a glamorous prewar coach-built Mercedes-Benz that can be thoroughly enjoyed in equal measure on the road and show field.

1938 Mercedes-Benz 170 V Cabriolet
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