Porsche Classic Motoroil
Porsche Classic is constantly evolving its range of products, all of which are designed specifically for older Porsche vehicles. Last year Porsche sold around 120,000-litres of its Classic Motoroil, but customers are not purely buying this engine oil for the name on the tin alone – this stuff has award-winning credentials too having succeeded in a number of independent comparative tests.
Acting as a substitute for the single-grade oils used in Porsche cars up until the early 1970s, these new multi-grade oils benefit from advancements in modern petrochemical technology. The Porsche Development Centre in Weissach was the birthplace of these new oils, where Porsche’s specialists blended additives to create high-quality base oils with stable viscosities. Low viscosity oil is ideal for the winter months and a car’s warming-up phase, the summer months require a thicker oil catering for hotter operating conditions. In the past oils were typically limited in their range of temperature operation so a ‘best of both worlds’ oil was unavailable, today oils can be far more versatile.
In oil terms, air-cooled Porsche engines are a different prospect to the carmaker’s contemporary water-cooled offerings. Greater tolerances and the sealing materials used in classic Porsche engines require traditional base viscosities and chemical properties of oils from the past. Porsche Classic’s engine oils have been designed to meet these requirements, with high shear stability and efficiencies at the high temperatures typically created by air-cooled engines. Synthetic oil used in modern engines include additives that damage the seals in older engines, Classic Motoroil products are designed to circumnavigate these issues, they also include zinc and phosphorus additives protecting against corrosion and wear.
In conjunction with its latest range of oils, Porsche Classic is also bringing back the original red oil filters for the 911 (up to 964), 914/6 and 928. Performing the same function as their black equivalents, the red versions hark back to Porsche’s past and mimic the items traditionally fitted at factory level when cars of this era were new. Porsche Classic caters for vehicles for which production ended more than ten years ago, and it offers an all-encompassing service from technical literature to complete restorations. Porsche Classic is constantly expanding, it now boasts an international dealer and service network of around 100 Porsche Classic Partners offering the complete range of Porsche Classic services. In the UK there are Partner Centres in Glasgow, Hatfield, Leeds, and Swindon – find out more here.