Mercedes 170VS Alpine Rally 1939 #242 by Autocult
Off-road with the three-pointed star
beginning of the second half of the 1930s, the major, popular German automotive
manufacturers produced more and more individual passenger cars and trucks for
the off-road terrain. It quickly became clear to everyone involved that this
was only feasible with uncompromisingly adapted vehicles, and so the light,
off-road sports car Type 170 VS was created at Mercedes-Benz beginning in 1938.
As early as February 1938, the first test drives are said to have been
completed. Finally, the race cars debuted at the “10th Central
German Uplands Race” and the “1st German Alpine Rally”.
170 VS was based on the 170 V series, which was presented in 1936 and also had
the in-house designation W 136. Therefore, the 4-cylinder engine was installed
at the front. The VS featured an enlarged 2.2 liter engine with an performance
of 50 horsepower. With its wight of 1,000 kg, the car reached and top speed of
almost 110 km/h. But the top speed was only of secondary importance in those
races through difficult terrain. Rather, it was about getting over hill and
dale passably and quickly, and a first-class suspension was a very important
feature. Beside this the 170 VS was also fitted with larger wheels – compared to
the series production. Both features made a significant contribution to
mastering the section well on unpaved ground.
The Swabian plant
finished a total of 10 copies of the 170 VS off-road roaster. Added up with the
230 SV version the total number of vehicles produced was 30. The vehicles also
competed at races in 1939, but as is well known, the approaching World War II caused
motorsport competition to move more and more into the background. What happened
afterwards with the off-road roadsters has been lost in the darkness of history.
Provably, one of the vehicles came to the USA after the end of the war and was
restored there a few years ago.
|Description: ||Mercedes 170VS Alpine Rally 1939 #242 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC07024 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Rally |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||#242 |
|Dates: ||1939 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||September 2022 |
|Weight: ||450 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.