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Opel Automobiles Through the Years

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The first Opel cars were produced in 1899 after Opel's sons entered into a partnership with Friedrich Lutzmann, a locksmith at the court in Dessau in Saxony-Anhalt, who had been working on automobile designs for some time

Opel is a German automobile manufacturer, subsidiary of French automaker Groupe PSA since August 2017.

From 1929 until 2017, Opel was owned by American automaker General Motors. Opel vehicles are sold in the United Kingdom under the Vauxhall brand.

Opel traces its roots to a sewing machine manufacturer founded by Adam Opel in 1862 in Rüsselsheim am Main. The company began manufacturing bicycles in 1886 and produced its first automobile in 1899. After listing on the stock market in 1929, General Motors took a majority stake in Opel and then full control in 1931, establishing the American reign over the German automaker for nearly 90 years.

In March 2017, Groupe PSA agreed to acquire Opel from General Motors for €2.2 billion, making the French automaker the second biggest in Europe, after Volkswagen.

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Opel Patent Motor Car (1899-1902)

1899 Opel Patentmotorwagen
1899 Opel Patentmotorwagen
The Opel Patent Motor Car, System Lutzmann (Opel Patentmotorwagen „System Lutzmann“ in German) is the first car from the German automaker Opel. Only 65 vehicles were produced from 1899 to 1902

Opel 4/8 PS (1909-1910)

1909 Opel 4/8 PS Doktorwagen
1909 Opel 4/8 PS Doktorwagen
The Opel 4/8 PS or known as the doctor's car (Doktorwagen in German) is an automobile from the German automaker Opel. The Opel 4/8 PS was built especially for the middle class. The two-seater was small and agile compared to other cars of this time and was used by many doctors for house calls whereby the vehicle quickly got the nickname "doctor's car". The low price of 3,950 Mark made it a very successful model. The doctor's car was the first car from Opel, which bore the Opel lettering on the radiator.

Opel Laubfrosch (1924-1931)

1924 Opel Laubfrosch
1924 Opel Laubfrosch
The Opel 4 PS, popularly known as the Laubfrosch (treefrog), is a small two-seater car introduced by the auto maker Opel early in 1924. Subsequently, various versions of the little Laubfrosch were produced until it was replaced by the Opel 1.2 litre. Initially introduced as the Opel 4/12 PS, and manufactured at Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant, this was the first German car to be assembled on a Ford inspired production line. It was aimed at the lower end of the German auto market, and clearly intended, by the standards of the day, for volume production: it sold well, with 119,484 produced by the time Laubfrosch production ended in June 1931

Opel Olympia (1935-1970)

1935 Opel Olympia cabrio limousine
1935 Opel Olympia cabrio limousine
The Opel Olympia is a compact car produced by Opel from 1935 to 1940, from 1947 to 1953 and again from 1967 to 1970. The 1935 Olympia was Germany's first mass-produced car with an all-steel unitized body (monocoque). This revolutionary technology reduced the weight of the car by 400 lbs compared to its predecessor.

Opel Kadett (1937-1940),(1962-1991)

1937 Opel Kadett K38
1937 Opel Kadett K38
The first Opel car to carry the Kadett name was presented to the public in December 1936 by Opel's Commercial-Technical director, Heinrich Nordhoff, who would in later decades become known for his leadership role in building up the Volkswagen company.

Opel Admiral (1937-1939)

1937 Opel Admiral
1937 Opel Admiral
The first Admiral was introduced early in 1937 at the Berlin Motor Show, although production only got under way right at the end of the year, with just eight Opel Admirals being produced in 1937. It can be seen as an attempt to challenge luxury cars in the growing 3.5-litre class from Horch, Mercedes-Benz and Maybach. However, it came with a substantially lower price than the similarly sized and powered cars from these premium manufacturers, which combined with its generously proportioned but technically straightforward chassis to make it a favorite with builders of specialist car bodies

Opel Kapitän (1939-1979)

1939 Opel Kapitän Cabrio
1939 Opel Kapitän Cabrio
The Kapitän was the last new Opel model to appear before the outbreak of the Second World War, developed during 1938 and launched in the spring of 1939 at the Geneva motor show. The first Kapitän was available in many different body styles, the most popular one being the 4-door saloon. 2-door coupe cabriolets were also built.

Opel Olympia Rekord (1953-1957)

1955 Opel Olympia Rekord
1955 Opel Olympia Rekord
The Opel Olympia Rekord was a two-door family car which replaced the Opel Olympia in March 1953. Innovations included the strikingly modern Ponton format body-work incorporating numerous styling features from the United States and large amounts of chrome decoration both on the outside and on the inside. The car was offered till 1957. Unusually, at least in European terms, the manufacturer followed the example of General Motors in Detroit by applying an annual facelift. There was a new front grill every year along with other detailed modifications to the trim. The policy of annual facelifts ensured plenty of publicity, and the car was a commercial success,

Opel Rekord (1953-1996)

1953 Opel Rekord
1953 Opel Rekord
The Opel Rekord was an executive car which was built in eight generations by Opel. Between 1953 and 1986, approximately ten million were sold. In 1986, the Rekord was replaced by the Opel Omega.

Opel Commodore (1967-1982)

1967 Opel Commodore
1967 Opel Commodore
The Opel Commodore was an executive car (E-segment) produced by Opel from 1967 to 1982. It is the six-cylinder variant of the Rekord with styling differences. The Commodore nameplate was used by Opel from 1967 to 1982. However, its nameplate/lineage continues with the Australian Holden Commodore. The last generation was sold in the United Kingdom primarily as the Vauxhall Viceroy although Opel models were also sold.

Opel Ascona (1970-1988)

1970 Opel Ascona
1970 Opel Ascona
The Opel Ascona was a large family car (D-segment in Europe) produced by Opel from 1970 to 1988. It was produced in three separate generations, beginning with rear-wheel-drive and ending up as a front-wheel drive J-car derivative. The Ascona took its name from the lakeside resort of that name in Ticino, Switzerland, and already in the 1950s a special edition of the Opel Rekord P1 was sold as an Opel Ascona in Switzerland, where the name was again used in 1968 for a locally adapted version of the Opel Kadett B into which the manufacturers had persuaded a 1.7-litre engine borrowed from the larger Rekord model of the time

Opel Senator (1978-1983)

1978 Opel Senator
1978 Opel Senator
The Opel Senator is an executive car (E-segment) produced by Opel, two generations of which were sold in Europe from 1978 until 1993. A saloon, its first incarnation was also available with a fastback coupé body as the Opel Monza and Vauxhall Royale Coupé.

Opel Omega (1986-2003)

1986 Opel Omega
1986 Opel Omega
The Opel Omega is an executive car engineered and manufactured by Opel between 1986 and 2003. The first generation, the Omega A (1986–1993), superseded the Opel Rekord, was voted European Car of the Year for 1987, and was available as a saloon or estate. The second generation, the Omega B, was manufactured from 1993 to 2003.

Opel Vectra (1988-2008)

1988 Opel Vectra
1988 Opel Vectra
The Opel Vectra is a large family car that was engineered and produced by Opel. In the United Kingdom, the car was sold under the Vauxhall marque as the Vauxhall Cavalier and later as the Vauxhall Vectra, from 1995 onwards. It has also been sold by Holden in Australasia as Holden Vectra, and by Chevrolet in Latin America as the Chevrolet Vectra.

Opel Mid Size

Opel Insignia (2008-present)

2019 Opel Insignia
2019 Opel Insignia
The Opel Insignia is a mid-size/large family car engineered and produced by Opel. Production of the Insignia began in August 2008, as a replacement for the Vectra and Signum. The vehicle is sold under the Vauxhall marque in the United Kingdom, and sold in North America and China as the Buick Regal.

Opel Cascada (2012-present)

2017 Opel Cascadia
2017 Opel Cascadia
The Opel Cascada (Spanish for "waterfall") is a compact convertible engineered and manufactured by Opel since April 2013. It is also marketed as the Opel Cabrio in Spain, Vauxhall Cascada in the United Kingdom, the Holden Cascada in Australia and New Zealand, and the Buick Cascada in the United States and China. It is not sold in Canada.

Opel Compact

Opel Astra (1991-present)

2019 Opel Astra Opc
2019 Opel Astra Opc
The Opel Astra (Lat: Stars) is a compact car/small family car (C-segment in Europe) engineered and manufactured by Opel since 1991.

Opel Sports Cars

Opel GT (1968-1973), (2007-2009)

1968 Opel GT
1968 Opel GT
2007 Opel GT
2007 Opel GT
The Opel GT is a front-engine, rear-drive two-seat sports car manufactured and marketed by Opel in two generations — separated by a 34-year hiatus. The first generation Opel GT (1968-1973) debuted as a styling exercise in 1965 at the Paris and Frankfurt motor shows. The production vehicle used mechanical components from the contemporary Opel Kadett B and two-door hard top bodywork by French contractor Brissonneau & Lotz. The styling of the GT was often cited as similar to the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette.  Opel marketed a second generation GT (2007-2009) as a rebadged variant of the Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice two-seater convertible, manufactured in Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

Opel Manta (1970-1988)

1970 Opel Manta
1970 Opel Manta
The Manta A was released in September 1970, two months ahead of the then new Opel Ascona on which it was based. A competitor to the Ford Capri, it was a two-door "three-box" coupé, and featured distinctive round tail lights, quite similar to those on the Opel GT and which in fact were used on the GT in 1973, its final model year. It took its name, and a few minor styling cues, from the Manta Ray concept car (1961), which also famously influenced the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 (both Chevrolet and Opel have General Motors as their parent company).

Opel SUV, MPV Crossover

Opel Crossland X (2017-present)

2019 Opel Crossland X
2019 Opel Crossland X
The Opel Crossland X is a subcompact crossover SUV, marketed as the Vauxhall Crossland X in the United Kingdom, officially unveiled to the media in January 2017.

Opel Grandland X (2017-present)

2019 Opel Grandland X
2019 Opel Gramdland X
The Opel Grandland X is a Compact Crossover SUV, which was officially unveiled by Opel in the Frankfurt Motor Show in April 2017, and went on sale in September. It is based on the PSA EMP2 platform and, thus, closely related to the second generation Peugeot 3008. In the United Kingdom, it is marketed as the Vauxhall Grandland X.

Opel Mokka (2013-present)

2019 Opel Mokka X HD
2019 Opel Mokka X HD
The Opel Mokka is a Crossover SUV engineered and built by Opel since 2012. Sales began with model year 2013 in late 2012. The Mokka is now built in Bupyeong, South Korea and Zaragoza, Spain. In 2016 The Opel Mokka was renamed to the Mokka X. It is also sold under the Vauxhall brand in Great Britain, and as the Buick Encore in North America and in China. A variant of the Mokka/Encore vehicle having significantly different sheet metal and trim is marketed in North America as the Chevrolet Trax.

Opel Zafira (2011-present)

2019 Opel Zafira
2019 Opel Zafira
The Opel Zafira, also known as the Zafira Tourer since 2011, is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) produced by Opel since the beginning of 1999. The first and second generation are classified compact MPVs, whereas the third generation, launched in the end of 2011, is classified as a large MPV.

Opel Electric/Hybrid

Opel Ampera (2011-2019)

2009 Opel Ampera
2009 Opel Ampera
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid car manufactured by General Motors, also marketed in rebadged variants as the Holden Volt in Australia and New Zealand, Buick Velite 5 in China, and with a different fascia as the Vauxhall Ampera in the United Kingdom and as the Opel Ampera in the remainder of Europe. In November 2018, GM announced it would cease Volt production in March 2019.

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