Ashland’s Valvoline™ motor oil has been around since 1868, more than 15 years before Karl Benz developed the first true motorcar.
Dr. John Ellis was trying to find some medicinal value in crude oil in 1866 when he decided it would beat the pants off of animal fat as a lubricant for steam engines. Sensing the commercial possibilities, he quit medicine and founded the Continuous Oil Refining Company.
The doctor found that his formula worked especially well when applied to locomotive valves, which led him to change the company’s name to Valvoline two years later.
The rest is history, more than we can recount here, and now, 145 years later, we’re in – and under – your hood.
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Dr. John Ellis, who knew a
good thing when he saw it