In the year 1862, a man named Adam Opel used his father’s locksmith workshop in Rüsselsheim, Germany, to make sewing machines. It turned out to be a good idea, as business went well enough for Opel to begin building bicycles in 1886. Eventually in 1899, this sewing machine company that started in a workshop had entered the automotive industry when it began selling motor-bikes.
By 1902, Opel launched the “Lutzmann motorcar patent” — its first car. By 1914, Opel was the largest carmaker in all of Germany. And yes, things are a little different now in terms of the brand’s market share, but that shouldn’t disregard Opel’s amazing accomplishment of turning 150 years old on January 1, 2012. Such an age makes Chevy’s centennial celebration seem petty in comparison.