why would mobil invent synthetics and sell it to amsoil first and then say 'hey the stuff is selling, let's sell some too'. the world doesn't work like that. you can't possibly think that i'm gonna believe that, do you?
I would hope you belive it, because it is easily verifiable as true.
Mobil invented synthetic lubricants under contract for military purposes. It was deemed far too expensive for "civilian" use and therefore they never pursued it.
Al Amatuzio, a retired military pilot was always impressed with the performance of synthetic lubricants on his aircraft, and upon retiring decided to bring the technology to the public. He approached Mobil and worked a deal to purchase base stocks formulated for PCO use. He added an additive package and called it "Amzoil 10W-30/40/50".
It sold well enough to make Mobil perk up and notice, spurring them on to marketing Mobil 1.
That info is easily researched, as long as you look someplace other than the Amsoil website.
Don't get me wrong: Amsoil is good stuff...all name brand synthetic oil is good stuff, you won't go wrong with any of it.
I just don't like how Amsoil continues to perpetuate the myth that they "invented" synthetic lubricants. They don't come right out and say it, as that would be a lie and a legal issue, but they certainly like to insinuate it with thier "first in synthetics" tag-line, and they sure don't deny it when someone else erroneaously claims them to be the inventor of it.
To me Amsoil is much the same as Amway. Nothing but a barely-legal pyramid scheme.