In 1934, cabriolets of different configurations, a sport roadster and a military Kübelwagen were added to what had become for Mercedes an unusual variety of models.

The Typ 170 debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 1931, where it was seen as the most important new model introduced that year. It was also the most significant creation of Hans Nibel, the manufacturer's high-level technical director, who took over as Ferdinand Porsche in early 1929.

Although Typ 170 was discontinued in 1936 with the introduction of its successor W136 170, some sales continued in the early months of 1937.

A smaller Mercedes-Benz

With the economy still recovering from the successive shocks that followed the Wall Street crash, Hans Nibel, the manufacturer's technical director, conceived the 170 as a lightweight, compact car. Mercedes-Benz had already become known as a manufacturer of large, expensive cars that tended to grow at an ever-increasing price: the 1931 170 was a conscious strategy to expand the market, a pattern that would repeat itself with the 190 in 1982. and class A in 1997.

The bare chassis 170, delivered to an automaker or workshop, weighed 750 kg (1,653 lb). With an added conventional coupe or saloon / saloon body, the car weighed between 1,050 kg (2,315 lb) and 1,200 kg (2,646 lb), with a payload of about 1,455 kg (3,208 lb).

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