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Opel Cars: It all began with a sewing machine

Adam Opel took a big step in 1862, going into business on his own after years as a journeyman metalworker in his hometown of Rüsselsheim, Germany. His first product: a sewing machine. From that humble beginning has come one of Germany’s and Europe’s most successful automotive manufacturers, the Opel car company.

By 1882, Adam Opel proved himself a progressive businessman by adding steam manufacturing to the sewing machine factory, along with establishing a health insurance plan for his employees. Then Opel entered the booming business of bicycle production, establishing a second foothold for the country.

The Opel sons were enthusiastic bicyclists and promoted their father’s products by winning several hundred races on Opel bicycles in the years up until 1898. Within 40 years from their first production, Opel becomes the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer.
Sadly, the patriarch of the Opel family died in 1895 at age 58; his wife Sophie and their sons assumed management of the business.

Ever innovative, Opel took out its first motor car patent in 1899. In 1901, the Opel company signed a contract with French manufacturer Alexandre Darracq, authorizing Opel to produce Darracq automobiles under license. The vehicles are marketed under the brand name Opel Darracq.

As the years roll on, so do the successes for Opel. The company developed its first four-cylinder engine in 1903, then produced its 1,000th Opel automobile in 1906.
Opel builds its first motorcycle. In 1909 Opel created an affordable compact car, a two-seated intended for customers who need dependable transportation. It becomes known as the “Doktorwagen,” or “Doctor’s Car.”

By 1912, on Opel’s 50th anniversary, the 10,000th Opel car rolled out of the plant. In 1919 after World War I, the Opel Racetrack was opened south of Rüsselsheim. Paved in concrete, the course with its banked curves is the first permanent track for racing and testing automobiles in Germany, years ahead of other well-known tracks.

Investing one million gold marks, in 1924 Opel completely modernized its automobile production, making its Rüsselsheim plant the first German manufacturer to introduce high-volume production methods, including assembly-line processes. The first car produced by the updated plant was the legendary 4/12 hp model, best known as the “Laubfrosch” (Tree Frog), a reference to its green body paint and protruding headlamps.
Opel dealerships also introduced another new service: standard maintenance at fixed prices.

Opel’s passenger-car production was shut down in 1940 by Hitler’s Nazi regime, which forced Germany’s factories into production for war materiel. Opel’s factories in Rüsselsheim and Brandenburg were both seriously damaged by Allied attacks. Opel bounced back in 1946 with the first production of Frigidaire household refrigerators and the first postwar Open, a 1.5-ton truck.

By1965, Open was becoming known for one of the fastest sports cars on the road, the Opel GT. Then Opel introduced a new model of the Kadett to succeed the  model that languished during World War II. The Kadett was produced until 1991, when it was succeeded by the popular Astra. Opel was the first European automaker to introduce catalytic converters, airbags for driver and front-seat passenger, and then in 2005, the Open Zafira CNG became the top-selling alternative fuel vehicle in Europe. A new design of the Opel GT, introduced in 2006, revived the legendary sporty model.

And to think it all started with a sewing machine!