Mercedes 170S Cabriolet B W136

For sale: Mercedes 170 S Cabriolet B W136 from 1950

Owner’s history

The first owner was the engineer Kaj W. Olsson, who in 1951 registered the car in his company AB Tryckerimaskiner. He then drove the car for ten years. Since his wife was originally from Stuttgart, they went back there quite often with the car.

During the visits in Stuttgart, he had the car serviced by the Mercedes factory.

In 1960, Olsson-Haux traded the Mercedes with a Saab 92 of Philipsons in Borås. One of the sons described how disappointed they were when their father showed up with the Saab. The reason for the trading was a problem with the Mercedes’ rear axle, which later got restored and the car then got new owners.

The current owner bought the car as an unregistered, but drivable object in run-down condition in 1986. Since the owner also had another ongoing restoration project, the Mercedes had to wait for its turn. However, the car was completed, inspected and re-registered in 1989. The mileage was then 80,613 km and today the meter shows 92,220 km, i.e. after the total restoration, the car has been driven only 11,600 km.


Daimler-Benz: Direktionsbeschluss

Philpson: Import document

SRA: All registration documents

Photos from restoration

Manufacturing data

There were 1,603 MB 170S Cabriolet B cars manufactured in 1949-50. Very few of these survived. It is estimated that perhaps no more than a quarter of the manufactured cars still exist today.

Series B convertible today is far more rare than A-170S Convertible which were manufactured in 838 copies.

The renovation

Owner's ambition was to restore the car to its original condition. Here are the most important works:


The body was lifted off the chassis. The brakes were renovated with new brake cylinders and brake shoes. Wheel bearings changed. New brake lines in copper.

Some of the parts in the front end where zink coated.

The frame where then painted with one layer of special anticorrosion paint and then two component lacquer.

The body

The longitudinal outer beams were replaced. New support plates in aluminum fitted, new front floor.

All of these parts were remanufactured to their original design by Heinz Christahl, Jever.

All parts were carefully sandblasted. New sheet metal was welded into. In particularly complicated places such as door bottoms and rear fenders, the owner let a highly qualified professional perform the work.

The body was grounded with two-component epoxy paint. The finish paint was carried out by Daimler-Benz Dunkelblau. Painting was done on all body panels before installation.

All moldings and bumpers were finished with high-grade chrome plating with copper base.


Total Restoration: Drilling, new Mahle pistons, new bearings, new valves and valve guides. Rebuilding from the camshaft fiber sprocket to the chain as Daimler-Benz recommendation.

New exhaust system in stainless steel.

Central lubrication

Disassembled , all rubber gaskets and defective parts replaced , new wiring in copper.


New wiring harness made according to original drawings.

Improvements for road safety : blinkers built into position lights on the front and also in the taillights. Works with original signal lights .

Convertible Top

Softtop fabric called " Sonnenland " and original headliner purchased from Aresma Company in Hamburg (now Egestorf).  Saddle maker, Axel Andersson in Ystad, carried out the work on building a new canopy from the ground up. The owner had previously seen a similar work that this firm performed for King Carl XVI Gustav on his Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A, so he decided to have the same saddle maker do the work on this car.

The upholstery in the B Convertible is original.

Original Mercedes-Benz accessories

Becker Solitude Radio

Spare wheel holder

Fan in the heating system

Position lights on the front wings

Bosch fog lights ( yellow )

luggage compartment light

This Mercedes 170S Convertible 

is now in its best possible state for somebody that wants to have a beautiful Mercedes motorcar that is dependable and in a fine condition. All the necessary adjustments that come after a major restoration have been taken care of and it is now a reliable classic car. With comfortable seating and ride for four people, it is the perfect choice for any rally or event. 


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