From sewing machines and cycles Opel grew, building cars under licence and their own cars by 1902. In 1929 Opel was absorbed into the General Motors group and by 1935 had made it's first monocoque car. Post war they restyled the Kapitan and by 1953 introduced the Rekord to compete with Fords Taunus, while further improving the Kapitan. Just prior to 1970 Opel produced the Commodore, Admiral and Diplomat models to enter the "luxury" market, so as not to lose customers thinking about buying a Mercedes! The sporty little Opel GT was built in their French factory between 1968 and 1973, ceasing when the factory was taken over by Peugeot.