The Opel motor car company
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Founding of the Opel motor car company
The Opel car company was founded on the 21st January 1863 by Adam Opel, in a cowshed in Russelsheim, Hesse, Germany.
History of Opel motor car company
The following company information and history timeline details the dates of major events which influenced the growth of the business.
1863: Company founded by Adam Opel, producing sewing machines
1886: Began producing and selling high wheel bicycles known as Peny Farthings
1888: Production moved from a cowshed to a big premises in Russelsheim
1895: Adam Opel was the leader in both sewing machines and high wheel bicycles at the time of his death
1899: After Adam Opel's death, his sons entered into a partnership with Friedrich Lutzmann, a locksmith based in the court in Dessau in Saxony-Anhalt, he had been working on designs for an automobile for some time
1901: Partner ship with Friedrich Lutzmann was dissolved due to his cars being un-successful, after this, the Opel sons signed a licensing agreement with French Automobiles, Darracq S.A. They would produce a brand of Opel-Darracq's
1902: Opel showed their first car designs at the Hamburg Motor Show
1906: Opel start manufacturing their own automobiles
1907: Opel discontinue Opel-Darracq production
1911: Opel's factory was pretty much destroyed by fire, so a new one was built with up to date machinery, the same year, sewing machine production stopped
1913: Opel became Germans largest car maker
1924: Installed Germany's first car production line
1929: General Motors impressed with Opel's modern facilities, buys 80% of the company
1931: General Motors buys 100% of the company and builds a second factory in Brandenburg
1937: Bicycle production ends
1940: Company seized by the Nazi regime following the out break of World War 2 and car production ceased
1947: Passenger car production resumed
1948: GM regained control over Opel
1950: Factory in Russelsheim rebuilt
1958: Opel's sold in the USA with their own name
1962: Opel's 100th year anniversary, a new factory opened in Bochum
1972: Opel is again, Germany's biggest car producer
1975: Opel's sold in the USA were sold through Buick dealers as captive imports
1982: New factory built in Figueruelas, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
2009: Opel's future was thrown into uncertainty as the global financial crisis drove GM towards bankruptcy
2009: September 10th: Majority stake of 55% was to be bought by Magna, a Canadian automobile parts manufacturer and Sberbank, a Russian bank
2009: November 3rd: GM board calls of the Magna deal, after concluding Opel was crucial to GM's global strategy
What models and types of cars and automobiles does the Opel motor car company produce?
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