Successor to the W15 six-cylinder 170 model, the 170 V, internal code W136, was slightly larger than its predecessor and more powerful, but it came with only four cylinders. Introduced in 1936, it had a more streamlined body than the 170 and was sold at a lower price. The “V” signified vorn, German for front, distinguishing it from the rear-engine 170 H model, with the “H” standing for heck, or rear. The 170 V fell naturally to taxi work, which is a role that Mercedes continues in Germany to this day.
This well preserved example has benefitted from an older restoration and is showing a nicely mellowed patina. Finished in tobacco brown with a matching leather interior, the 170V is offered with Portuguese papers in addition to the Italian ASI registration. Presented with a sensible auction estimate, this is a fine example of a rare and collectible motor car.