Serpentine Belts

The company was founded in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Germany, on 21 January 1862, by Adam Opel. [bg_collapse view=”button-green” color=”#4a4949″ icon=”eye” expand_text=”Show More” collapse_text=”Show Less” ]In the beginning, Opel produced sewing machines. In 1888, production was relocated from a cowshed to a more spacious building in Rüsselsheim. Opel[9] launched a new product in 1886: he began to sell high-wheel bicycles, also known as penny-farthings. Opel’s two sons participated in high-wheel bicycle races, thus promoting this means of transportation. The production of high-wheel bicycles soon exceeded the production of sewing machines.[10] At the time of Opel’s death in 1895, he was the leader in both markets.[/bg_collapse]

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