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Opel a German maker had a range of road vehicles.
Adam Opel went into business as a manufacturer of sewing machines.
Later he diversified into bicycle manufacturing.
His wife and 5 sons took charge of the business after his death in 1895
1898 Acquired the small Lutzmann Factory which took the business into the early automobile industry.
1900 Following the dissolution of the partnership, Opel's son (presumably Wilhelm von Opel) signed a licensing agreement with the Automobiles Darracq S.A. to manufacture vehicles under the brand name "Opel-Darracq". The vehicles were Opel bodies mounted on a Darracq chassis, powered by a 2-cylinder engine.
1906 The company started to make cars to their own design
1907 stopped making the Opel-Darracq.
1908 A new Opel car was introduced to the British market by British Electromobile Co
1911 the factory was virtually destroyed by fire and a new one was built with more up to date machinery; manufacture of sewing machines was ended. Production now consisted of bicycles, cars and motorcycles.
By 1913 they were the largest car maker in Germany.
1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book
1929 General Motors bought 80 percent of the company
1931 GM acquired the rest of the company that it did not already own.
In the 1930s a small number of buses were sold in Britain.