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Motul adds Classic Line of motor oils that are era-specific designed

The lubricants add zinc and molybdenum for ‘reduced friction and increased power’


Motul has introduced a new Classic Line of motor oils that are formulated to provide lubrication and protection for specific eras of collector cars, from classic old timers through the emerging “youngtimers” of the 1980s and ’90s. 

“All Motul Classic Line lubricants feature an additive package with high-zinc (ZDDP) and molybdenum (moly) for reduced friction and increased power,” according to a Motul news release.

“The high-adhesion properties unique to the Classic Line also provide for excellent cold flow properties to prevent engine wear during start-ups and to coat and protect engine internals and running gear during the periods of prolonged storage that collector vehicles often experience.”

The Modern Classic Eighties oil would go well in your Lambo

“The synthetic base oils and adapted detergent levels of each Classic Line formula are further suited to the metals and gasket materials common to each era of vehicle manufacturing; advanced additives ensure that all Motul Classic Line lubricants meet or exceed API standards.

Directing the oil formulas to certain time periods, Motul designed the lubricants according to the prevailing engine types of the time. 

“Motul optimized Modern Classic Eighties 10W40 to meet the needs of forced-induction engines common to the decade, and Modern Classic Nineties 10W30 to meet the demands of high-revving engines with more modern valvetrains,” Motul says in the release.

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Straight-weight oils are made for pre-1950 vehicles

“For the new 2100 Classic Oil 15W50, Motul revised its legendary 2100 oil to better lubricate and protect naturally aspirated and forced induction engines with flat tappet cams common to the vehicles in the 1970s and beyond.

Classic Oil 20W50 was designed for hot rods, muscle cars and collector vehicles produced after 1950, Motul says, with an additive package fortified with an ideal ~1,800 ppm of ZDDP, which provides “improved protection for flat tappet or high-lift cams and high-performance engines with tighter tolerances and older elastomer gaskets.”

“Straight-weight Classic Oil SAE 30 and SAE 50 are mineral monograde engine oils with low detergent levels, blended specifically for gasoline or diesel four-stroke engines generally produced before 1950,” the release says.

Adding to the collector car image of the Classic Line lubricants  is the packaging in heritage-inspired metal containers with the historical Motul logo, “aside from both Modern Classic oils, which feature Motul’s contemporary logo with a unique typeface to reflect the style of each decade.”

For more information about Motul products, visit the company website

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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