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Millers Oils is one of the few companies offering a range of engine oils, gearbox oils and fuel treatments specifically for owners of veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and commercials.

Our classic oils use the latest advances in lubrication technology to create lubricants that meet older viscosity requirements and provide maximum protection, prolonging the life and performance of treasured classics.

Our Fuel additives, endorsed by the FHBVC in April 2012, are formulated to allow classics to perform using modern fuels. VSPe Power Plus additive is formulated to give an octane boost and lead replacement to unleaded fuel & provide protection against the potentially harmful effects of ethanol which is now added in many countries to unleaded fuel. Use these links for more information on Ethanol in Fuel and the benefits of the VSPe fuel additive range. Now available in a handy multidose bottle.

If you drive or prepare a classic car and have any concerns about the internals of your engine or gearbox, our Millercare oil analysis service may be able to help identify problems before they cause serious issues. A typical example would be wear metals from bearings being found in engine oil, prompting owners to change the bearings before total failure and engine siezure occurs.

Modern lubricants are formulated for modern engine designs, to enable modern vehicles to meet emissions legislation. This results in increasingly thinner semi and/or fully synthetic oils. In the majority of instances these oils are not suitable for older vehicles which were designed to use mainly mineral oils with different viscosities.

An interesting test using our motorsport Nanodrive oils in a Vintage Lagonda can be seen here.

Veteran Cars (Pre 1918)

Any motor vehicle built prior to 1905.

The veteran era began with the invention of the automobile and continued up to 1918.

Vintage Cars 1920 to 1930, Post Vintage 1931 to 1939 & Vintage Antique 1939 to 1959

Vintage cars – There is overlap between vintage cars and vintage antique cars, also. Some vintage cars qualify as antique cars, but not all vintage cars are antique and vice versa.

Different groups set different cut off points for what qualifies as a vintage car and what does not. Generally, though, cars that are considered vintage were manufactured between the years of 1919 and 1930—but some end it at 1925.

Unlike the other two classifications, having had modifications does not necessarily keep a car from being a vintage car.

Classic Cars (Post 1945)

Classic cars - This classification definitely overlaps with antique cars. The definition of a classic car is actually quite similar to antique cars.

In general, rather than being 25 years old to qualify as a classic a car must be at least 30 years old. It should again have been repaired and maintained in a way that keeps it true to its original design and specifications. In other words it should not be modified or altered. In addition, many add a stipulation that the vehicle should have been manufactured no earlier than 1925. For these reasons all classic cars are also antique cars, but not all antique cars are classic cars.

Note: Modern classic cars were made after 31st Dec 1959.