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January 21, 1862 – Opel is founded
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January 21, 1862 – Opel is founded

At the time of Opel's founding on this day in 1862 by Adam Opel, the business manufactured sewing machines in a cow shed. The business remained there until 1888, when bicycles became a part of their production catalog. After Adam’s passing in 1895, his sons took over the business. They soon created a partnership with a locksmith named Friedrich Lutzmann who had been working on automobile designs. Their relationship led to the development of the first Opel vehicles in 1899.  above: Opel Patent Motor Wagen circa 1899. Top: Opel GT (red) with a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia The cars were a hardsell to local consumers, resulting in the partnership dissolving. In 1901 the brothers signed a licensing agreement with Automobiles Darracq France to produce cars with Opel bodies on a Darracq chassi...
Classified – 1970 Opel GT for Sale – $6,499
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Classified – 1970 Opel GT for Sale – $6,499

The original Opel GT is a sleek little German sports car that was introduced just in time to see the end of the swinging 60's. During the production run from 1968 to 1973 only 103,463 were built, making them relatively rare today. To level with you, this particular Opel GT for sale is my car, and I am not looking forward to selling it. But with a wedding coming, a house and three other classics to care for, something has to go. So I'll be as straight as I can with you. I bought the car in 2015 and drove it regularly until 2018 when I moved across country for a while. So it has been garaged the last couple years, but has been ran periodically. Unfortunately, the last time I pulled out of the garage, about two months ago, the brake pedal went straight to the floor. So, without further ado, ...

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