No doubt this 1953 Mercedes Benz 170Sb is a grand old lady in beautiful condition, and as a bonus you get to see some Swedish countryside.
For a 1953 model obviously Mercedes at this time were still quite old-fashioned in their styling department as this cars shape compares directly with their pre-war models.
It did seem to cruise nicely on the road at 110kph but could prove low on power when it comes to overtaking and climbing hills.
The 170 S was built from 1949 to 1955, it was an upgrade from the previous model, a 170V, and was marketed as a luxury car, “S” standing for “Special’ . Consequently it gained popularity as a company car, and also later as a taxi.
Engine was a side valve 4 cylinder 1767cc based on the smaller capacity 170V engine, along with a 4 speed syncromesh gearbox. Top speed was claimed to be 76mph [122kph] but considering its size and power output the car would need ideal conditions to get to this speed.
Available body styles were 4 door sedan, like the one in this video, and the choice of two cabriolet’s, a 2 seater and a 4 seater. All up a total of over 70,000 had been built when production stopped on 1955.
In 1952 the 170 S became the 170 Sb with long overdue improvements being made which included:
Independent front suspension with coil springs, replaces the lateral leaf spring arrangement.
Gear shift is moved from the floor to the steering column.
Hypoid gears are used in the differential.
Camshaft now chain driven making for a quieter engine.
Heater improved to make winter driving more comfortable.
The cabriolet models were discontinued.
The factory ID code became W191
In addition a diesel engine was introduced, model 170 S-D, having a top speed of 65 mph [105 kph], this became popular with the taxi industry due to its economy, and in its final stages accounted for over 80% of the models sales.
By 1955 the car had become noticeably old fashioned both in specifications and looks so production ceased with Mercedes concentrating on their completely new car range and 6 cylinder engines.
Must say was surprised when I saw the engine, and at 2.15 note the speedo is red lined at 90kph.
Some information sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_W191