140 Years Under the Hood
Scroll down and take a ride through 140 years of innovations
1866
Unable to find any healing powers in crude oil, Dr. John Ellis develops a petroleum lubricant for steam engines running at high temperatures
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With no more gummed valves, corroded cylinders or leaky seals to contend with, the nation grows–full steam ahead
1920
When the Model-T is mass-produced with a side-valve 4-cylinder engine, only one motor oil is recommended to keep them all running
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In fact, each car has a plaque mounted on the dash panel that reads:
This car is filled with Valvoline Light Motor oil. We recommend its use.
No other oil should be
used in this car
1939
Valvoline develops a single grade oil, called X-18, that eliminates the need for 18 other specific car lubricants
1945
Leading up to the end of WWII, Valvoline is widely used to lubricate allied vehicles. If it’s good enough for an army fleet,
YOU CAN USE IT IN YOUR family car
1954
With the economy in high gear, hot rods all the rage and people driving more often, automakers shifted to the powerful overhead valve v8 engine
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Valvoline responds with its all-climate oil, so people don’t have to switch oils for each season
1965

With America’s obsession with the speed and power of muscle cars, Valvoline introduces an oil specifically designed for racing, now called VR1

1978
As more drivers hit the road, they get more comfortable in their own garages
1978

Valvoline gives these DIY mechanics a hand by putting oil change instructions on its labels

1985
Overhead cams and electronic fuel injection systems start appearing in many cars, making them more reliable and their engines longer lasting
1996
To withstand increasingly hotter engine temperatures, Valvoline introduces DuraBlend, its first synthetic blend motor oil
2000
In response to the aging population of cars from the 80s and 90s, Valvoline develops MaxLife, which restores lost horsepower in cars with over 75,000 miles
2011
As oil prices rise, horsepower doesn’t fall–thanks to hotter-running, turbocharged, downsized engines
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To reduce environmental impact, Valvoline introduces NextGen, with 50% recycled oil
2014
For every generation of engine,
a better generation of motor oil.