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Lot 106

1934 Opel "Blitz"

Sold for $10,000


Manufacturer: Opel Division of General Motors, Germany

Production Years: 1934-1938

Engine: Opel, 2.0-liter, 36-hp, six-cylinder, liquid-cooled, gasoline

Transmission: 4F1R

Brakes: Manual

Length: 15-feet, 5-1/2-inches

Width: 6-feet, 7-1/2-inches

Height: 7-feet, 7-inches

Weight: Approximately 1.7-tons

Armor: None

Armament: NONE on this example - Could be fitted with a 7.92-mm MG34 or MG42 machine gun

Maximum speed: Approximately 50-mph

Maximum Payload: 1-ton

Markings: German 11th Panzer Division, Medical Company



Production of the Opel Blitz (Lightning) 2,0-12 began in 1934 at the Opel Russelsheim / Main and the Brandenburg / Havel plant under the direction of Heinz Nordhoff whom, after WW II, became head of Volkswagen. The 4x2 Opel Blitz 1-ton was one of many commercial-type truck models which were procured by the German military prior to 1938. Since Opel was acquired by General Motors in 1931, many of the components were nearly identical to Chevrolet light duty trucks manufactured in the United States and Canada during the same time period, including a reliable Buick engine. As a result of American engineering, Opel trucks featured a high-load-limit to low-net weight-ratio superior to Opel’s competitors of that era. Production of the Opel 2,0-12 1-ton series ceased in 1938 with the introduction of the Schell-Program. General Adolf von Schell, Director of Motorization for the Wehrmacht (German military), cut back procurement of vehicles of all types to just a few standard models (from 113 to 30). Only Borgward B1000 trucks continued to be built in the 1-ton weight class. It was determined that future light truck production should be primarily in the 1-1/2-ton weight class.

Addendum

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