Imprint Contact 868 Videos
900.000 Callings


Wheel change
Save Energy

Video Opel
Video Short history
Video History 1
Video History 2
Video History 3
Video History 4
Video History 5
Video History 6

Video General Motors
Video General Motors 1
Video General Motors 2
Video General Motors 3
Video General Motors 4
Video General Motors 5

Video 2015 Karl
Video 2014 Vivaro
Video 2014 Corsa
Video 2014 Adam
Video 2013 Meriva
Video 2013 Intelilink
Video 2013 Insignia
Video 2012 Cascada
Video 2012 Mokka
Video 2012 Zafira Tourer
Video 2012 Astra OPC
Video 2012 Astra GTC
Video 2012 Adam
Video 2011 Combo
Video 2011 Ampera
Video 2008 Insignia
Video 2007 Agila B
Video 2007 Corsa
Video 2007 Corsa LPG
Video 2007 GT
Video 2006 Antara
Video 2005 Corvette Z04
Video 2005 Zafira B
Video 2005 Astra GTC
Video 1994 Tigra Twin Top
Video 2004 Astra H
Video 2003 Speedster
Video 2001 Combo
Video 1999 Zafira A
Video 1998 Astra G
Video 1998 Frontera
Video 1995 Vectra B
Video 1994 Omega B
Video 1994 Tigra
Video 1993 Corsa B
Video 1993 Frontera
Video 1991 Astra F
Video 1990 Calibra
Video 1984 Kadett E
Video 1982 Corsa A
Video 1981 Ascona
Video 1979 Kadett D
Video 1978 Monza
Video 1977 Rekord E
Video 1974 Manta B
Video 1973 Kadett C
Video 1972 Commodore B
Video 1970 Ascona A
Video 1970 Manta A
Video 1968 GT
Video 1967 Commodore A
Video 1967 Rekord D
Video 1967 Rallye Kadett
Video 1966 Rekord C
Video 1965 Rekord B
Video 1965 Kadett B
Video 1965 Blitz
Video 1964 Diplomat
Video 1964 Kapitän/Admiral
Video 1963 Rekord A
Video 1962 Kadett A
Video 1962 Kadett A Chassis
Video 1961 Rekord P2 Coupe
Video 1960 Rekord P2
Video 1959 Kapitaen P 2
Video 1958 Kapitän
Video 1958 Corvette
Video 1958 Eldorado
Video 1957 Rekord P1
Video 1956 Corvette
Video 1955 Corvette-engine
Video 1956 Kapitän
Video 1955 Olympia Rekord
Video 1954 Kapitän
Video 1953 Corvette
Video 1953 Olympia Rekord
Video 1953 Olympia Rekord
Video 1952 Blitz
Video 1951 Kapitän
Video 1950 Blitz
Video 1947 Olympia
Video 1940 Blitz A
Video 1938 Kapitän
Video 1937 Admiral
Video 1937 Super 6
Video 1936 Kadett
Video 1935 Olympia
Video 1935 P4
Video 1932 1,8
Video 1932 12 C
Video 1931 1,2 Liter
Video 1928 Regent
Video 1928 Rocket Car
Video 1926 4/16
Video 1924 Laubfrosch
Video 1912 Motorcar
Video 1911 10/24
Video 1909 Doctor's Car 4/8
Video 1904 Motorwagen 16/18 HP
Video 1902 Motorwagen 10/12 HP
Video 1902 Opel Darracq
Video 1899 Patentmotorwagen
Video Engine Data

          A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Opel - History

Philipp Wilhelm Opel is born in 1803 and settles as a locksmith's journeymen at Rüsselsheim/ Germany in1835. He has four children with his first wife Katharina and three of them stay alive, the brothers Adam (1837), Georg (1838) and Wilhelm (1846). In 1858 Adam Opel finishes a part of his mechanic's education in Lüttich / Belgium.One year later he travels to Paris where he works as a baker's assistant. Finally, he gets a job at the sewing machine factory Journaux and Leblond and lets his brother Georg follow. In 1862 Adam Opel changes to a competiting company. Soon he returns to Rüsselsheim and, besides his job at his father`s workshop, constructs his first sewing machine.

His father is doubtful about his plans, so Adam founds his first modest workshop without his help. It is opened in 1862 with the jump start from his uncle and the delivery of suitable raw materials by his brother Georg who is still in Paris. The company grows only slowly. In 1866 war breaks out between Austria and Prussia in the scope of a united Germany. It`s effect is an increased requirement for uniforms - and for sewing machines! The factory grows and prospers and is moved a year later to a bigger site. In 1868 Adam marries a manufacturer`s daughter whose dowry allows the acquirement of other production machines. Sophie Marie places her skills in foreign languages and business into the company. In the future 5 sons are born. At the time of birth of cars Opel already delivers sewing machines into the whole world.

In 1886 Adam Opel together with his 5 sons enter bicycle production. They start with high-level wheels and later change to low-wheels and tricycles. The sons participate very successful in bicycle races. Famous and efficient for advertising is the picture which shows all five Opel brothers on a Quintplet especially made for them. Fritz, by far the best oft them, will later become a talking point due to his reckless sporting actions. In 1970, the company already has 100 employees. 05/12

Next page               Top of page               Index
2001-2015 Copyright programs, texts, animations, pictures: H. Huppertz - E-Mail
Translator: Don Leslie - Email:

Our E-Book advertising