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History of Mobil 1

Much as it does today, Mobil 1™ synthetic oil was first designed to solve problems. In the 1960s, the US government asked ExxonMobil to synthesize a lubricant for aircraft landing gear that would not freeze in extremely cold temperatures. The rest is history!

After that successful mission, and numerous others, the first Mobil 1 motor oil for cars was released in 1974. Ever since, Mobil 1 synthetic oil has been improving to ensure that engines like yours run like new, mile after mile — becoming, and remaining, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand. Take a tour of our timeline to learn more.


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