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In 1862, the company Opel was founded by Adam Opel. At first sewing machines were produced, later also bicycles. In 1898 Opel started with the automotive manufacture. In 1924, the Opel works in Rüsselsheim were equipped with assembly-lines as the first company in Germany. On 17th March 1929, a majority of shares was sold to the General Motors Corporation. In 1931, the Opel family finally handed over control of their enterprise due to the world economic crisis. The Opel brothers could intersperse with the fact that the name and the model politics of Opel remained. On 1st December 1938, altogether 480,464 Opel passenger cars were registered in the German Reich. The only passenger car which was ordered by the Wehrmacht was the m. gl. Einheits-Pkw.
In 1931, production of the new American-style Blitz lorries started. The most important Opel lorry made for the Wehrmacht certainly was the Opel Blitz 3 ton lorry which production started in 1936. Of the S-model more than 100,000 units were manufactured. The A-model was produced in nearly 25,000 units beginning in 1940. The 3 ton Blitz was made until August 1944 when a heavy bombing raid stopped production in the work Brandenburg. The Wehrmacht had Opel Blitz lorries of all payload classes and years of construction. Common to all Opel lorries was the relatively high payload contrary to the dead weight. Besides that, the Opel engines were appreciated because of their reliability and the good organization of the spare part supply.
In the 1930s, Opel omnibuses were widespread. Besides the drawn in formerly civilian Opel Blitz omnibuses, the Wehrmacht had special military Opel Blitz omnibuses. These had a widely simplified standard superstructure. The car body maker Ludewig in Essen delivered nearly 2,900 exemplars of these military buses to the Wehrmacht from 1939 to 1944.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year of construction:

Payload in MT:

Quantity:

 

 

Kübelwagen:

 

 

 

 

 

Opel P 4 (incl. tank mokups)

1937-1938

 

?

 

 

Opel Super 6

1936-1938

 

few

 

 

Opel Admiral

1937-1939

 

few

 

 

Opel Typ mPl (m. gl. Einheits-Pkw)

1938-1943

 

at least 3,860

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passenger cars:

 

 

 

 

 

12/50 PS Opel 3,2 Liter Modell 90

1927-1928

 

together
3,445

 

 

15/60 PS Opel 3,9 Liter Modell 100

1927-1928

 

 

 

Opel 1,2 Liter

1931-1935

 

over 100,000

 

 

Opel 1,8 Liter

1931-1933

 

32,285

 

 

Opel 1,0 Liter

1932-1933

 

5,600

 

 

Opel 1,3 Liter

1933-1935

 

29,002

 

 

Opel 2,0 Liter

1934-1937

 

52,594

 

 

Opel P 4

1935-1937

 

65,864

 

 

Opel Olympia

1935-1937

 

81,661

 

 

Opel Kadett

1936-1937

 

33,402

 

 

Opel Super 6

1936-1938

 

46,453

 

 

Opel Kadett (K38)

1937-1943

 

74,206

 

 

Opel Olympia (OL38)

1937-1943

 

87,214

 

 

Opel Admiral

1937-1939

 

6,404

 

 

Opel Kapitän

1938-1943

 

25,374

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorries:

 

 

 

 

 

Opel 10/45 PS

1925-1930

1.5 - 1.75

6,899

 

 

Opel Blitz 2,6 Liter, 1,5t

1930-1931

1.5

698

 

 

Opel Blitz type 3,5-134 & 3,5-157 (4 & 6 cylinder models)

1931-1937

2.0 & 2.5

15,799

 

 

Opel Blitz type 2,0-12

1934-1937

1.0

21,437

 

 

Opel P 4 delivery van

1935-1940

0.5

23,077

 

 

Opel Blitz type 3,5-36 & 3,6-36

1936-1944

3.3

87,156

 

 

Opel Blitz type 3,6-42

1937-1944

3.3

14,122

 

 

Opel Blitz type 2,5-35

1938-1942

1.5

16,410

 

 

Opel Blitz type 5200

1938-1940

1.0

3,500

 

 

Opel Blitz type 3,6-6700A

1940-1944

3.1

24,981

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omnibuses:

 

 

 

 

 

Opel Blitz type 3,5-183

1932-1937

 

4,002

 

 

Opel Blitz type 3,5-47 & 3,6-47

1936-1944

 

9,141

 

 

Opel Blitz type 2,5-35

1938-1942

 

tog. with lorries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half-track vehicles:

 

 

 

 

 

Gleisketten Lastkraftwagen 2t, offen (Maultier) (Sd. Kfz. 3a) Opel Blitz 3,6-36S / SSM

1942-1944

2.0

tog. ca. 4,000

 

 

Gleisketten Lastkraftwagen 2t, geschlossen (Maultier) (Sd. Kfz. 3/4) Opel Blitz 3,6-36S / SSM

1942-1944

2.0

 

 

Gleisketten Lastkraftwagen 2t gepanzert (Sd. Kfz. 4) (ammunition vehicle)

1943-1944

 

251

 

 

15cm Panzerwerfer 42 (Sf) auf Gleisketten Lastkraftwagen 2t (Sd. Kfz. 4/1)

1943-1944

 

296

 

 

 

 

 

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