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OPEL emblems and logos - Origin, Meaning, History

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OPEL emblem logo is derived from "Blitz", which is a German word meaning lightning in English. Opel had a number of different logos throughout the history. "Blue eye" logo was introduced since 1910 as a car emblem. This logo actually represented a rigid airship "Zeppelin" and does not represent the shape of the eyes. Next, Zeppelin-shaped hood ornament was introduced since 1937. A stylised Zeppelin adorned a symbol of human innovation and technical progress. Numerous logo variations were created, in the 1950s always with the dorsal fin like a wing of aircraft. Then OPEL uses the current "Blitz" logo since 1964.

OPEL was founded as a sewing machine manufacturer by Adam Opel in 1862 in Rüsselsheim am Main. OPEL began manufacturing bicycles in 1886 and produced its first automobile in 1899. After listing on the stock market in 1929, General Motors took a majority stake in OPEL and then full control in 1931. When OPEL was controlled by General Motors, OPEL cars were sold under the BUICK brand in North America and the VAUXHALL brand in the United Kingdom. In March 2017, Groupe PSA agreed to acquire OPEL from General Motors.



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