It is one of the best-known brands in the world, but its beginnings were far from the world of competition. They began their journey in 1862, 160 years ago, when the owner and founder of Opel, Adam Opel, installed the first part of his first machine. This was not a car, it was a sewing machine, and since then they have not stopped working and innovating in new business areas, until it reaches the current stage, where it is firmly committed to electrification offering a wide range of vehicles through different versions of its models with electrified propulsion.
The great geniuses are the main misunderstood on the planet. Adam Opel did not follow in the footsteps of his father, who wanted him not to enter the sewing sector. At the end of August 1862 the 25-year-old returned to his hometown of Rüsselsheim and set up his own modest workshop at his parents’ house, at the time, against the wishes of his father, who had no interest in sewing machines. Its success meant that in the coming years it expanded and in 1886 more than 18,000 machines left the factory.
The decisive step in the history of the company, driven by the five sons after the death of Adam Opel in 1895, it was the beginning of automobile production in 1899. In this way, Opel becomes one of the pioneers of this industry and one of the most traditional car manufacturers in the world In 1906 the 1,000th vehicle is built and the definitive breakthrough comes the following year, when the Rüsselsheim car manufacturer is appointed supplier to the imperial court.
Since then, Opel has not stopped offering the best technologies on the market achieving success in a sector that has not stopped growing. The firm has been able to understand the intentions of a market changing from the first moment, making all customers have been happy with a quality product suitable for all tastes.