Black Gold – Keep it Golden!
There are hundreds of different classic blend mineral oils on the market. It would be easy to get bogged down in why one is better than another, but that is best left to a conversation over a cup of tea at the workshop. Rest assured we will be able to advise you of exactly the ‘correct spec’ of oil for your particular vehicle. The most important thing when a car is used occasionally is keep it fresh!
Surely a modern oil would be better?
Modern synthetic oils can run at a huge range of engine temperatures for tens of thousands of miles and see very little degradation, but this simply isn’t the case for classic oils. So why don’t we use modern oil?
The answer is that engine design has come a long way in the last 20 years. The oil is engineered for a very specific set of parameters, none of which you will find in your classic’s engine bay. Mostly they are too thin and would find any number of gaskets to leak out of!
What happens to mineral oil over time and use?
As mineral oil degrades it starts to separate, thinning out and leaving behind a thick sludge which clings to the engine surfaces.
Given time it blocks oil ways and the strainer in the bottom of your sump. This leads to poor oil pressure and premature engine wear. The worst thing for engine oil is to leave it sitting for long periods. Condensation builds up in the engine, which speeds up the oil degradation.
MOTUL Classic Oils are blended with classic use in mind. There are additives in the oil which help preserve it whilst cars are not in use or laid up over winter.
Annual oil changes teamed with MOTUL Engine Cleaner makes sure that the inside of the engine remains clean and unblocked, drastically improving performance, fuel economy and longevity.
How much does it cost?
The prices below will give you a pretty good idea on what a standard oil change costs. They are based on popular classics such as MG B’s and Beetles for 4 cylinder cars, E-Types and 911’s for 6 cylinder cars, Rover V8/Ford Small Block for the V8’s and an XJS for a V12. For the cost comparison we are using manufacturers recommended lubricant spec and their original oil filter. The biggest determiner of cost is how much oil goes into the sump and what spec we use so if you have a specific requirement feel free to call and we can advise. Prices are inclusive of labour, parts, lubricants, disposal and VAT
Water Cooled Classics
4 Cylinder – £ 150.00
6 Cylinder – £ 250.00
8 Cylinder – £ 185.00
12 Cylinder – £ 250.00
Oil Cooled Classics
4 Cylinder – £ 180.00
6 Cylinder – £ 295.00