Muscle Car Oil: Top Recommendations Based Off Model Type and Mileage

January 27, 2012

Before you go out and spend a ton of money on some top brand muscle car oil, you need to realize that a high price does not necessarily mean high performance. If you are questioning what to add to your car, review some of your choices below.


Viscosity is one of the first things you need to consider. Cars that were built in the 1960's typically had a viscosity of 30. Cars made in the 1940's and 1950's more typically had a higher viscosity all year, except for during the winter when they required a lower viscosity. Most experts recommend you go with more modern types of oils such as 10W-30, which will cover all the seasons without having to change the type of oil in the winter.

High Performance Oils

High performance or high mileage oils are used on a lot of newer type of vehicles. They usually have seal conditioners added into their mixture, as well as smoke additives. These are definitely not recommended for your muscle car and should be avoided at all costs. The additives can cause serious damage to your engine.

Racing Oils

Racing oils are made especially for engines that are being put under a great amount of stress. The type of stress that would blow out your engine. This type of oil is for an engine that will be running at high RPMs for a short amount of time. Unless you are planning on racing your muscle car in the Daytona 500, there is no reason for you to even consider using a racing oil. The cost is high and the efficiency is low.

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oils are wonderful if you are thinking of using them in your lawn mower, weed wacker, tractors, transmissions, brakes, any other type of machinery that you might have on hand that requires some sort of lubricant. As for your muscle car, not so much. This oil is far thinner than the real deal and will have a tendency to run through and out of your engine seals faster than any other type of oil.

API Labels

Make sure that when you are out looking for oil for your muscle car that you get one with the official API on its label. Otherwise you may end up buying an extremely inferior kind of oil that will do your engine far more harm than good. Even less known brands can carry an official API seal. It is only those who do not carry the seal that you need to be wary of.


One final word, there really is no reason for using additives. Some additives cause more harm than anything else. If you purchase the right kind of oil for your muscle car, you should not have to use any sort of additive.

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