Which Oil?

Choosing the right oils & greases for your antique, vintage, veteran, classic or collector car

This book gives classic car owners the information necessary to make an appropriate and safe choice of lubricants from the vast and sometimes overwhelming range available today.


If you own a classic car, you face the problem of choosing the appropriate modern lubricants to use in its engine, gearbox, final drive and chassis. The original owner’s handbook, if you have one, is probably of limited use as the lubricants it lists are probably no longer available. Even if you have some good information, you still have problems: are modern oils suitable? If yes, which ones? (Even within a single brand there may be five or six different oils sold for apparently the same purpose.) If no, then why not? What characteristics are unsuitable, and where do you turn to obtain an appropriate oil?
This book gives all owners the information that will allow them to understand the lubrication needs of their cars, and to relate those needs to modern lubricants. You will be able to make correct and safe choices, or to seek out appropriate specialised lubricants if necessary, using step-by-step instructions. Answers are also given to many of the most commonly asked questions about suitable oils for classic cars.


  • Deals with a problem faced by every owner of an older car
  • No comparable publication
  • Author is experienced and completely independent
  • Brings clarity to a topic where much confusion exists
  • Covers all lubrication needs, not just engines
  • Gives simple step-by-step techniques to choose correct, safe lubricants
  • Includes a necessary mix of theoretical and practical information
  • Devotes a chapter to answering the most commonly asked questions
  • Applicable to all cars of all eras
  • Will help you avoid a potentially expensive wrong lubricant choice

About the author

Richard Michell is a 64 year old Chemical Engineer. He developed, through necessity, a knowledge of the mechanical aspects of cars while at university, driving an MG TD and helping a fellow student race an MGB. He put this knowledge to good use some years later when he joined an Australian petroleum company and took responsibility for the formulation, manufacture, and sale of its full range of lubricants. In 1989 he joined a privately-owned company that specialises in the contract manufacture of lubricants. He still consults to that company.
Richard has owned many cars in the years since that original TD. His current collection includes a Porsche 912, a Lancia Beta Spider, and an Austin 7 Sports. He uses his cars daily and does his own servicing and maintenance.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845846-27-5 • eV number: eV4627 • Published: October 2013 • Language: English • Digital edition: 2nd Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £9.99 / $11.99 / €14.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4365 • Paperback • 19.5x13.9cm • £12.99 • 128 pages • 36 b&w pictures and line drawings • ISBN: 978-1-845843-65-6 • UPC: 6-36847-04365-0. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

Which Oil?

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