|1940||Production of the one-millionth Opel, a Kapitän model.|
In October, a directive from the Nazi regime brings passenger-car production to a standstill.
In addition to truck models, including four-wheel drive and track versions, military equipment such as landing gear, cockpits, and fuel tanks for aircraft etc. are produced.
|1944||Allied bombs destroy half of the Rüsselsheim plant; the Brandenburg plant is almost completely destroyed.|
|1945||The entire Kadett production facilities are dismantled and sent to the Soviet Union as reparations.|
|1946||Production of Frigidaire household refrigerators recommences. The first postwar Opel, a 1.5-ton Blitz truck, is built.|
|On July 15, 1946, the first postwar Opel vehicle, a 1.5-ton Blitz truck, rolls off the Rüsselsheim assembly line.||Frigidaire refrigerators receive a final check, 1951.||A display of Frigidaire refrigerators at the Rüsselsheim plant, 1952.||The Frigidaire emblem.|
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|Advertisement for Frigidaire refrigerators from the 1950s.|| || || |
|1947||Passenger car production resumes with the Olympia model.|
|Opel’s first postwar passenger car, an Olympia, rolls off the Rüsselsheim assembly line on December 28, 1947.||Advertisement for the Opel Olympia, 1948.||The Opel Olympia sedan, 1947.|| |
|1948||The Rüsselsheim plant resumes production of the Kapitän, which enjoys a popular comeback.|
|Advertisement for the Opel Kapitän, 1948.||The Opel Kapitän, 1948–1950.||Rail transport of Opel Kapitän models from the Rüsselsheim plant, 1949.||The Opel Kapitän, 1948–1950.|