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Offline Long Tom

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Postwar Mercedes 170V's-Who Bought Them?
« on: October 11, 2012, 06:47:09 PM »
I am a modeler and I have the Miniart Mercedes 170V kits.  Question is, in the late 1940's, who bought these cars, as I believe very few Europeans had enough money in that era?

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Re: Postwar Mercedes 170V's-Who Bought Them?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2012, 06:54:25 PM »
In the post war years 1946 through 1948 there were not many Mercedes 170V produced.  In total for these years, the production was about 6,400 and most of those were ambulances, trucks, police wagons, taxi's, and rolling chassis for fitting by other manufacturers' custom special bodied vehicles.  Two of these chassis fitters were Binz and Lueg.  These vehicles were quite necessary to re-build the country and re-establish commerce.

It was not until 1949 and the introduction of the diesel version 170D that the production numbers increased substantially ..... 14,000 in 1949, 17,500 in 1950, and 27,300 in 1951.

Your are correct about pricing.  In 1948 the 170V sedan sold for about 8,200 DM which would be the equivalent of US$2,000.   In context, US 4 door sedans such as Ford and Chevrolet were selling for about US$1,500. 
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Re: Postwar Mercedes 170V's-Who Bought Them?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2012, 08:19:11 PM »
Thanks.  What made me ask was because I remember reading that in postwar Britian, a lot of vehicles manufactured ended up being exported so Britain could obtain hard currency from abroad.

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Re: Postwar Mercedes 170V's-Who Bought Them?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2012, 01:16:53 AM »
Note that the 170 and 220 postwar models were never imported to the USA.  The first MB cars imported to the USA were the 300SL and 190SL by Max Hoffman of New York and the Ponton models through selected Studebaker dealerships in the later 50's and early 60's. 

There was an Argentine agreement to "assemble" the 170 models in an authorized assembly factory.  To this day there are many 170 cars in that country.  My daughter's father-in-law, who is from Argentina, recalls that many of the taxis in Buenos Aries in the 1950's were 170D models.  They even had a 170D pick-up truck on their ranch.  He says that it is still there (somewhere), so hopefully I will be able to see it when my wife and I are in Argentina in February.
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Re: Postwar Mercedes 170V's-Who Bought Them?
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2012, 06:08:01 PM »
But a lot soldiers export them in to the USA after the war

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Re: Postwar Mercedes 170V's-Who Bought Them?
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2012, 06:47:50 PM »
It is an interesting question, and not only one of pricing, but one of conscience. My 1955 300b was originally sold in Scotland, and it only struck me a couple of years ago that it must have been a pretty difficult decision for a Scot to buy a German car 10 years after the end of WW2. I recall speaking to the original owners wife about 8 years ago, and her husband wanted to buy a Rolls Royce, but she talked him out of it by saying it was too ostentatious. However, I dare say that anti-German feeling was still pretty strong in 1955, and, being a barrister/solicitor, I wonder how his friends/clients felt about it.

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Re: Postwar Mercedes 170V's-Who Bought Them?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2012, 12:16:22 PM »
I think Max Hoffman and possibly large urban dealers did import some 170's and 220's, especially the 220 Cab A.

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Re: Postwar Mercedes 170V's-Who Bought Them?
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 02:11:43 AM »
Very possible .... he started importing MB to the US in 1952.  He also imported Porsche since 1951, and later Alfa Romeo, BMW and a host of other european cars.
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