Friedrich Lutzmann (1859 - 1930).
At the 1898 Berlin Auto-Revue, the Opels met Friedrich Lutzmann, who had a small carriage-building company in Dessau and had been working on automobile designs for several years. After the show, Fritz and Wilhelm Opel visited Dessau and bought Lutzmann's company and engaged the entire staff including Herr Lutzmann himself.
Adam Opel signed a contract with a farmer, Friedrich Lutzmann from Dessau, Germany and they started their automotive manufacturing factory in Anhalt, Germany.
The Opel brothers (Adam's sons) worked two years in partnership with Lutzmann building up the production of automobiles in Rosselsheim. Together they produced their first model, the OPEL patent engine car system called the "Lutzmann."
The first car developed by the new enterprise appeared in 1899. The Opel Patent Motorwagen, System Lutzmann, wasn't state of the art, even for those times and the Opels were soon looking around for a new partner.
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