Mercedes Benz 1931

(W 02) Stuttgart 200
(W 11) Stuttgart 260
(W 10) Mannheim 370, 370K, 370S
(W 08) Nürburg 460, 460K, 500
(W 06) SS, SSK, SSKL
(W 07) 770
(W 15) 170 - October, Paris
(W 17) 120H - prototype (12 ex.)


Cars registered in Germany:
Total 3653 ex.



(W 02) Stuttgart 200 (R6 cyl, 1988 ccm, 38 PS; wb: 2810 mm)
(W 11) Stuttgart 260 (R6 cyl, 2581 ccm, 50 PS; wb: 2810/3080 mm)
(W 37) L 1000 (R6 cyl, 2581 ccm, 50 PS; wb: 3250 mm) - commercial

8/38 PS Stuttgart 200

8/38 PS Stuttgart 200

10/50 PS Stuttgart 260



(W 10) Mannheim 370 (R6 cyl, 3663 ccm, 75 PS; wb: 3200 mm) - new model
(WK 10) Mannheim 370K (R6 cyl, 3663 ccm, 75 PS; wb: 3025 mm) - new model
(WS 10) Mannheim 370S (R6 cyl, 3663 ccm, 78 PS; wb: 2850 mm) - new model

370 K Cabriolet C

In February two new Mannheim models were unveiled at the Berlin Motor Show: a Convertible NC with a shorter 3025 mm wheelbase and a sports convertible with lowered chassis and an even shorter 2850 mm wheelbase. Both variants are powered by a yet further modified engine, which, with cylinder displacement of 3.7 litres giving a power output of 75 hp. The convertible NC carry the official model designation 14/75 hp Mannheim 370 K (internal: WK 10), the K standing for "Kurz" (Short). The sporty version with still shorter wheelbase is called the 14/75 hp Mannheim 370 S (internal: WS 10) and is available as a sports convertible or roadster. The low-slung two-seater bodies are reminiscent of the legendary SSK. Although the 370 S has nominally the same power output as the 370 K, its lower weight and twin carburettors gave it significantly livelier performance than the other 3.7‑litre models.
From the autumn the standard-wheelbase versions of the Mannheim 350 are also provided with the 3.7‑litre engine and renamed Mannheim 370. The three-speed transmission is available with optional overdrive. The choice of body variants remains unchanged from the Mannheim 350, except for the four-seater saloon, which was dropped from the range.

370 S Sport-Roadster

370 S Cabriolet A



(W 08) Nürburg 460 (R8 cyl, 4622 ccm, 80 PS; wb: 3670 mm)
(W 08) Nürburg 460K (R8 cyl, 4622 ccm, 80 PS; wb: 3430 mm) - new model
  Cabriolet D
(W 08) Nürburg 500 (R8 cyl, 4918 ccm, 100 PS; wb: 3670 mm) - new model


460 18/80 PS Tourenwagen

500 Pullman

500 Nürburg, 19/100 PS Cabriolet C 'St. Moritz'

From February Nürburg 460 become optionally available with overdrive. Although this optional extra cost an additional RM 2,000, it includes Zeiss headlamps as well as an engine with a larger displacement. This option soon become the Nürburg 500.

18/80 PS Pullman Limousine

500 Sport-Roadster

460 K



(W 06) SS (27/170/225 PS) (R6 cyl, 7065 ccm, 170/225 PS; wb: 3400 mm) - 4 ex.
(W 06 III) SSK (27/170/225 PS) (R6 cyl, 7065 ccm, 170/225 PS; wb: 2950 mm) - 4 ex.
(WS 06) SSK (27/180/250 PS) - 0 ex.
(W 06 RS) SSKL (27/240/300 PS) (R6 cyl, 7065 ccm, 240/300 PS; wb: 2950 mm) - 2 ex.

SS Tourenwagen

SSK Sport-Cabriolet by Papler



770 "Großer Mercedes"

(W 07) 770 (R8 cyl, 7655 ccm, 150 PS; wb: 3750 mm) - 42 ex.

770 Cabriolet D

770 Cabriolet by Auer

770 Sedanca by Neuss

770 Tourenwagen

770 at Berlin Motor Show

770 Cabriolet F built for Kaiser Wilhelm II.



(W 15) 170 (R6 cyl, 1697 ccm, 32 PS; wb: 2600 mm) - new model
  Convertible C

The Mercedes-Benz 170 was unveiled in October 1931 at the Paris Motor Show. The vehicle is equipped with front and rear swing axles, i.e. independent wheel suspension. Despite its six-cylinder engine in the four-door saloon variant, the "small Mercedes" cost RM 4,400 - almost RM 1,600 less than the cheapest version of the Stuttgart. The 170 is available as a four-door saloon and four-seater Convertible C. A notable feature is a free-standing exterior boot which, although small, come as standard.




(W 17) 120H - prototype (12 ex.)

The air-cooled, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder overhead-valve engine develops output of 25 hp. Three-speed transmission, rear swing axle and a rigid front axle with semi-elliptical springs. Two different body variants: an angular saloon and a streamlined fast-back saloon with thoroughly attractive styling. Neither of the two variants of the W 17 went into production.



1st German GP #8 SSK Caracciola

GP entries:

  Italian GP 24.05.1931   Results:
No. Model Driver Entrant gen. class  
22 SSK 7,1 Ivanowski / Stoffel B. Ivanowski 5th    
24 SSK 7,1 Maino / Strazza A. Maino dns    
  French GP 07.06.1931   Results:
No. Model Driver Entrant gen. class  
26 SSK Ivanowski / Stoffel Boris Ivanowski fail.    
58 SSKL Caracciola / Merz Rudolf Caracciola fail.    
  Belgian GP 12.07.1931   Results:
No. Model Driver Entrant gen. class  
8 SSK Stoffel / Ivanowski Henri Stoffel 5th    
  German GP 19.07.1931   Results:
No. Model Driver Entrant gen. class  
2 SSKL von Brauchitsch von Brauchitsch fail.    
8 SSKL Caracciola Daimler-Benz 1st    
10 SSKL Stuck Stuck 6th    
12 SSKL Merz Alfred Neubauer 5th    
20 SSK Boris Ivanowski Boris Ivanowski dna    
22 SSK Spandel Private 9th    

Other races:

  Race: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
France 13.06.193124h Le Mans 1 1 1 1 Ivanowski/Stoffel SSK 2nd (1st - 5001-8000)
05.07.1931Spa 24 Hours 2 2 1 2 Zehender / Djordjadze SSK 1st
Mille Miglia         Caracciola/Sebastian   1st
07.07.1931 Lwów GP     1   Stuck   1st
Eifelrennen         Caracciola   1st
            Von Brauchitsch   3rd
Avusrennen         Caracciola   1st
            Von Brauchitsch   3rd
Czechoslovakian GP         Stuck   2nd

SSK (C. Boris Ivanowski / Henri Stoffel) finished 2nd at Le Mans.

Rudolf Caracciola at the Salzufer dealership of Daimler-Benz AG in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Rudolf Caracciola drove a Mercedes-Benz SSKL racing sports car (start number 37) to victory in the Avus race in Berlin.

Tatra hillclimb "European Hill Climb Championship", August 16, 1931. Rudolf Caracciola clinched race victory in a Mercedes-Benz SSKL racing sports car.

Pos. Event No. Model Driver
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
16-21.01.1931 Rallye Monte Carlo ?