1950 Opel Blitz
Before the Second World War, Opel was Germany's largest truck manufacturer. Immediately after that a kind of paralysis sets in. Somehow Opel is decoupled from General Motors. Presumably GM wrote off losses during the
war of the works. In any case, GM no longer really appears as the owner. And Opel itself has hardly any decision-making power.
Can one say that Mercedes is taking advantage of the situation? After all, the 3-tons truck was ultimately produced. By the way, there was a similar situation at Ford. They were forced to produce Willys Overland Jeep,
even though they had actually lost the tender, and defiantly pressed their company logo into every part produced for this car.
No, Mercedes does the exact opposite, it strangers, so to speak, to the product it manufactures. But while Ford completely abandons any possible claims to the Jeep after the war, Mercedes sticks with the product solid. The
Mercedes L 701 was created, and its further development, including that of the Opel six-cylinder engine into a Diesel one, became a mainstay of the rise in truck production.
Opel has a hard time anyway. Rüsselsheim can be rebuilt, but car production is slow to get underway. After all, the Kadett has been transported to Russia complete with all producing too as reparations. The modern truck
plant in Brandenburg is lost. From here, too, some things are removed, but never again appear in the east as a finished production plant.
What remains is a light truck with a payload of up to 1.5 tonnes, equipped with the 2.5L six-cylinder engine of the Opel Kapitän, now produced in Rüsselsheim.