Named after Adam Opel, whose sons started the manufacturing of cars in the company he had founded.
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Opel. (Germany) 1898 to date.
The founder of the Opel cycle and sewing machine works, at Russelsheim, Adam Opel died in 1895. His sons bought Lutzmann and produced the first Opel car, 'System Lutzmann', in 1898. In 1900 they started importing Renaults and also Darracqs (for which they acquired the production license).

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Opel logo (2010).

From 1902, Opel-designed cars (initially twin-cylinder 1884cc models) were offered alongside Opel-Darracqs of up to 8008cc. The Opel range was always very wide and by 1914 four-cylinder models from 1392cc to 10,200cc were offered, the latter having a 100 hp three-valve ioe engine and four-speed gearbox. In the 1920s young Fritz Opel won races on Opel motorcycles and Opel cars and in 1928 drove the first Opel racing car powered by rockets at the Avus race track.

Models built in the early 1920s included 1984cc and 3430cc fours and a six-cylinder 5598cc model. After installing a moving assembly line in 1924, Opel built the Citro?n 5cv-like 951cc four-cylinder "Laubfrosch" in large numbers. Priced at 4000 Gold Marks, it sold in large numbers. A 1016cc 14 hp model followed, while other models included excellent sixes of 1735cc, 1924cc, 3540cc and 4170cc. From 1929 Opel also offered the eight-cylinder 5972cc Regent, built on American lines: understandably so, because General Motors of Detroit had taken control of Opel in 1928. New small Opel fours appeared, including the 1074cc Kadett and 1488cc Olympia: the Kadett became a best-seller. Among six-cylinder Opels were the 2473cc Super-Six and Kapit?n and the 3626cc Admiral, all with ohv engines.

When World War Two broke out, Opel was the leading European car manufacturer, selling the small versions in large numbers; some 107,000 Kadetts were built from 1937 to 1941. The first Opel car after the war was the pre-war Olympia, now with an ohv 1488cc four-cylinder engine, which entered production in 1947. The first new 2473cc six-cylinder Kapit?n arrived in 1948. Other models included the Rekord and the 1200. The year 1962 saw a new, modern Kadett with a 993cc four-cylinder engine. New 1963 Rekord models had 1488cc and 1680cc ohv four-cylinder motors. Later, four-cylinder engines up to 1897cc and six-cylinder power units of Rekord, Commodore and Senator/ Monza 2586cc were available in. the Rekord. Six-cylinder Kapit?ns and Admirals. had engines up to 2784cc, while other big Opel cars, including the Diplomat, housed Chevrolet-built V-8 motors. The 1979 Opel range consisted of Kadett, Ascona, Manta, models, with a variety of engines from 1196cc to 2969cc. There is also an Opel branch factory in Argentina.

(Vintage European Automobiles)

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2002 Opel logo.

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1987 Opel logo.

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1987 Opel logo.


1987 Opel logo.

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1964 to 1987 Opel logo.

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1954 to 1964 Opel logo.

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1947 to 1964 Opel logo.

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1938 Opel logo.

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1937 to 1947 Opel logo. The familiar circle logo began in 1935 as the Nazi's came to power, with a stylised dirigible airship displayed inside the "O" representing the german engineering expertise.

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The logo above was designed by The Grand Duke of Hesse for Wilhelm Von Opel in 1910 after Wilhelm had visited the US to study vehicle manufacture. "The Opel Eye" was used until 1935 and during the takeover by General Motors in 1929. The second world war brought problems for the company. Opel supplied war equipment to Hitler's german army and with the profits, paid dividends to it's American shareholders. The allies then promptly bombed the Opel factory almost to destruction during the course of the war.

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The company then used many logos, changing almost every year. During a brief partnership with Renault, Opel adopted an art deco logo in 1906.

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The first Logo of the Adam Opel sewing machines company.

Opel realated emblems   
Opel Astra : 2005   
Opel Signum2 : 2001   Signum
Opel Insignia Sports Tourer : 2008   Station Wagon Practicality Wrapped in Elegant Style.
Opel Highlights Amepra at Geneva Motor Show   Extended-range electric vehicle.
Opel Astra : 2010   The First Class Compact.
Opel   Official site.
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