Millers Oils Classic range offers 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. Whereas, 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.
Millers “Classic” range has been specifically developed to protect and enhance the engines of vintage, veteran and classic cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles. Consult our Classic Car Oils Guide for confirmation of which oil to use from the Millers Oils Classic range of products.
ZDDP (zincdialkyldithiophosphate) – a classic problem: classic car enthusiasts are reporting frequent cases involving serious wear on camshafts and cam-followers. Part of this problem is caused by the reduction of ZDDP (the traditional anti wear additive) in modern “low saps” engine oils.
The solution: Millers Oils formulations include the optimum amount of ZDDP to provide the best possible protection for highly loaded engine components, significantly reducing wear in both high performance and older classic cars.
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.
For further info on classic cars please refer to our FAQs Classic page.