Opel Logo – Adam Opel AG, known as OPEL, is a German automobile founded in 1862 by German Adam Opel. Opel cars built since 1899. Adam Opel AG is a subsidiary of U.S. company General Motors since 1929. Adam Opel founded his factory machine sewn on January 21 of 1862 in Rüsselsheim, and in 1886, in May following the example of Coventry factories also manufacture bicycles passed. A Adam Opel did not like cars and dying in 1895, his sons were the ones who raised the possibility of entering the new business due to falling sales of bicycles. So Anhaltische Motorwagenfabrik purchased in 1897. Opened on 21 June 1899, and in year 11 cars were produced.
In 1900, for differences of opinion between Opel and managers of the acquired factory closed on department vehicles. To combat this, went to import Renault and Darracq from France, acquiring the manufacturing license of Darracq (Opel-Darracq). In 1902 it introduced the first car 100% themselves, a 2 cylinders and 1894 cc 10/12PS. In 1904 they released their first 4-cylinder, and in 1905 an engine with 6880 cc and larger and 35/40PS. Although the basis of the mark patterns were small as “Volksautomobil” and the popular “Doktorwagen”.
Within the competition in the world of rallying is where the brand has obtained the relevant findings. The first significant victory in the World Rally Walter Röhrl won the Acropolis Rally 1975 with an Opel Ascona A, duo had already been proclaimed European champion last year. In 1979, it would Jochi Kleint who proclaimed champion of Europe on board a Ascona B. The greatest success would come in 1982 with the Ascona 400, as Walter Röhrl was proclaimed world champion rallies, but the constructors’ championship it adjudicase Audi, Opel running in 2nd place.
The brand has also been very active in the German Super Touring Car Championship, the DTM, with models like the Omega 3000, the Calibra, the Astra Coupé and the Opel Vectra GTS V8. Due to low yields harvested by the latter sport, Opel decided to announce his withdrawal from the competition at the end of 2005. This decision has increased uncertainty about the future of the DTM.