The Mercedes-Benz W136 was Mercedes-Benz's four-cylinder inline line from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. The 170 V made its public debut as a successor to the W15 Typ 170 in February 1936. Between 1936 and 1939 was the best selling model of Mercedes.

Between 1936 and 1942, more than 75,000 were built, making it by far the most popular Mercedes-Benz model to date.

Enough of the W136's tooling survived the Allied bombing during World War II (or could be recreated post-war) to serve as the foundation on which the company could rebuild. In 1947, the 170 V model had taken over its position as the best-selling Mercedes, a position it held until 1953.

The "V" in the name of the 170 V was short for "Vorn" (front), added to differentiate it from the contemporary Mercedes-Benz 170H (W28) rear engine ("H" for "Heck" rear) that used the same 1697cc four-cylinder engine, but positioned in the back of the car.

The 1.7-liter four-cylinder rear-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz 170 V (W136) was introduced in 1936 to replace the 1.7-liter six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz 170 (W15). Despite its similar engine capabilities, the new M136 car's side valve was more powerful. The manual transmission was four-speed synchronized (having been updated from synchronization only at the two major rates in 1940). The declared maximum power was 38 hp (28 kW; 37 hp) at 3,400 RPM with an initial compression ratio of 6: 1.

The mileage was 10 liters per 100 km (28 mpg-imp; 24 mpg- US). The engine was connected using only two mounts and set the smoothness standard for four-cylinder engines.

Body Options

Most of the cars produced, and an even greater proportion of those that survive, were two- or four-door "Limousine" sedan cars, but the range of different body types offered in the 1930s for the 170V was exceptionally high. broad. . A four-door "Cabrio-Limousine" combined the four-door "Limousine" four doors with a full-length folding canvas roof.

Both four door bodies were also available adapted for taxi work, with large luggage racks at the rear. There was a two-door two-seat "Cabriolet A" and two four-door "Cabriolet B" seats both with luggage storage behind the seats and below the hood storage location when folded (but without any external cover to access the luggage). out of the car). A common feature of the 170 V bodies was the external storage of the spare wheel on the rear panel of the car.

The two-seater roadster featured a large flap behind the two seats with a thin, upholstered rear partition that could be used as a substantial luggage platform or as an uncomfortable seat - the mother-in-law's seat.

In addition to the wide range of 170 passenger long-range Vs, a small commercial variant was offered, either as a flatbed truck or with a box body on the back. Special versions of the 170 V were offered, adapted for use as ambulances or by police, mountain rescue services and military.

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