Opel reaches milestone 150th anniversary [w/video]

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Opel headquarters in Russelsheim

One hundred and fifty years. That’s a mighty long time for any company to have been around, much less an automaker. Particularly since the automobile has only been around for 125 years or so. But while Opel, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, is known primarily as an automaker, cars are only part of its long business history.

Founded in 1862, Opel started out making sewing machines, and over the course of the last century and a half, has produced bicycles, motorcycles, rockets and refrigerators along with cars and trucks. Well over 50 million automobiles, in fact, as the company hit that particular milestone back in 1999.

Since 1929, Opel has been part of General Motors, and today – together with its British sister brand Vauxhall – its 40,500 employees produce more than a million vehicles every year in six different countries, selling them in over 40. Want to know more about Opel’s history? Follow the jump for the full press release and a three-minute video, and check out the historical photos in our high-res image gallery.

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