This Mercedes is a car
without clear paternity. Mercedes-Daimler Benz was
haunted, as were many other manufacturers of the time,
by the concept of the "people's car.” In 1933, the 130 H
rear engine was a first approach to the people car. The
automobile was small, lacked power and, according to
witnesses, handled poorly. It also was no beauty queen.
In 1935, Daimler Benz forgot the 130 H 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 170 H resembles a Volkswagen deluxe with
a good engine, the type 170, which was still alive after
the war in conventional Mercedes cars: the 170 V. In
1937, Hitler lost his patience with Porsche's prototypes
and commanded DB to realize 30 KDF cars. In 1937, our
170 H was imported to the United States with instruments
in English units. 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.