1931 Mercedes-Benz 170 Sport Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz 170 (W15) was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1931, designed under Hans Nibel. It had a 1.7-liter straight six-cylinder engine and independent wheel suspension all around, a first for Mercedes-Benz, which offered a more comfortable ride than its competitors.

The engine generated 32 hp and was coupled to a manual three-speed transmission with additional overdrive, allowing a top speed of 90 kph. The 170 also included standard features like hydraulic drum brakes, a water cooling system with thermostat and pump, central lubrication, and an ignition lock, which were not commonly available in luxury cars at that time.

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