Arab Today, arab today carmaker founder adam opel reaped what he sew
Last Updated : GMT 07:55:52
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Carmaker founder Adam Opel reaped what he sew

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Carmaker founder Adam Opel reaped what he sew

Berlin - Arabsotday

You wouldn’t believe it, but sewing machines and cars are intrinsically linked. Well, they are in the case of Opel. The carmaker charts its roots way back to 1837 when Adam Opel was born in the town of Rüsselsheim, Germany. At 20 years old, he travelled to Belgium and France, working as an apprentice locksmith. While in Paris, he became interested in sewing machines. He was mesmerised by the technology that went into them and considered them an engineering feat. In 1862, he returned to his hometown and set up a workshop with his brother, George, where they’d build their own machines. After marrying the daughter of a well-off family, Adam received a substantial dowry, which he put towards his business and introduced the ‘Sophia’ — a machine named after his wife. Opel’s factory had grown exponentially and business was booming, but a huge fire destroyed much of his plant. Adam was devastated and the brothers decided to close down their venture. However, they weren’t moping around for too long as their next business proposition, building bicycles, would prove to be far more rewarding. Adam first saw one in Paris and was intrigued but thought they were dangerous. owever, he realised people liked them and knew they could generate more profit than sewing machines. In 1866, the Opels built their first bicycle, and soon after, different designs began to take shape, including lowwheeled and threewheeled types. Soon, Opel was making 2,000 bicycles a day and Germany lapped them up. The next logical step was to build cars, but sadly Adam never lived to see the automobiles his company was to build, as he died in 1895. Just four years later, the first Opel car left the production line. It was built in partnership with Friedrich Lutzmann. Its name, the Opel-Patent-Motorwagen System Lutzmann, wasn’t catchy — and neither was the car, with just 65 units produced. Two years later, Opel signed a licensing deal with French Automobiles Darracq S.A. to build the Opel-Darracq. These featured Opel bodies, a Darracq chassis and two-cylinder motors and fared far better. In the Thirties, General Motors bought Opel AG and it became a subsidiary. Since then, we’ve had some truly memorable models, my personal favourite being the Manta, built between 1970 and 1988. With news of Opel building a new city car named after the brand’s founder, the Adam looks as small as a bicycle, however it isn’t powered by a sewing machine motor... From gulfnews

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today carmaker founder adam opel reaped what he sew Arab Today, arab today carmaker founder adam opel reaped what he sew

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Blind sheikh buried in Egypt

GMT 06:32 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Blind sheikh buried in Egypt
Arab Today, arab today Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 10:37 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Motorsport fans encouraged to buy GP tickets

GMT 13:21 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

200 Teslas to join Dubai Taxi fleet

GMT 21:20 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Tesla brings electric cars to supercar-loving UAE

GMT 05:55 2017 Monday ,13 February

Careem scheme aims to help refugees

GMT 05:51 2017 Monday ,13 February

Al Fahim Group unit revelas strong growth
View News in Arabic - Auto: أخبار السيارات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'

GMT 05:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'
Arab Today, arab today Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 06:41 2017 Monday ,20 February

Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 05:15 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Omega 3 can reduce asthma cases

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday