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Offline Jim Axman

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130-150-170H Model Description information
« on: December 28, 2008, 10:19:05 PM »
In the 1920s, Rumpler worked closely with Daimler Benz and in 1929 a race car with a rear engine (and of course the swing rear axles) could be seen on some race tracks. In 1933, the 130H rear engine was a first approach to the people car. The automobile was small, lacked power and, according to witnesses, handled badly, it also was no beauty queen. In 1935, Daimler Benz forgot the 130H and created a nice central engine roadster. For reasons unknown, production was limited to five cars. The only surviving car stands proudly in the Mercedes Museum in Germany. Obviously, the 170H resembles a Volkswagen deluxe with the good engine type 170, which was still alive after the war in conventional Mercedes cars: the 170V. In 1937, Hitler lost his patience with Doctor Porsche's prototypes and commanded DB to realize 30 KDF cars. This could be a good explanation for the look-alike 170H. In 1937, this 170H was imported to the United States with instruments in English measures. The leather seats, overdrive, and radio were definitely not the staples of the Volkswagen Class. On the other hand, coil springs replaced the torque-bar suspension and the engine was water cooled. The cabriolet limousine body, with its open top, was trendy in pre-war Germany. Beginning production in 1935, the 170H was the successor to the 130H. Like the 130H, it was powered by a rear-mounted, water-cooled engine, but was a bit more powerful; instead of the 130Hs 1308 cc engine with 26 horsepower, the 170H had a 1697 cc engine that generated 38 horsepower. This engine was shared with the 170V, a conventional front-engined car. (H stood for Heck or rear engined, and V stood for Vorn or front engined.) The 170H was in production from 1935 to 1939 and a total of 1,507 units were built, much fewer than the 13,775 170Vs that were sold.