Opel-Lutzmann was the first motor car produced by the Opel company. The company was founded in 1862 by Adam Opel and until 1899 had produced sewing machines and bicycles being the leader on both markets. In 1899 Opel’s wife Sophie and their two eldest sons entered into a partnership with Friedrich Lutzmann, who tried his abilities in car design. The first model called “Opel Patent Motorwagen System Lutzmann” was produced in spring 1899. As Opel’s two sons participated in high-wheel bicycle races, thus promoting company’s products, they decided to advertise their cars by the same way by means of motor racing. In May 1899 Opel-Lutzmann was entered to Aachen – Koblenz city-to-city trial, but did not reached the finish. Later that year Willhelm Opel run the car at Mainz-Bingen-Coblenz-Mainz trial and was placed 5th among 8 starters in the cars class. The scale model of Opel-Lutzmann was produced by Vitesse in three versions – (1) a regular model, (2) as a part of Opel Collection and (3) a part of Millennium Collection, a small series of special edition models with figures. This one is the from Millennium Collection.
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