The Marvel Oil Company (also known as Marvel Carburetor Company; Marvel-Schebler Carburetors since 1928) was founded by Burt Pierce in 1923. After World War I, the company produced carburetors for automobiles and aircraft. Some of these encountered problems with clogged jets, prompting Pierce to formulate a blend of chemicals and petroleum to clean and maintain them. Marvel claims the oil creates a top ring seal producing higher compression, preventing blow-by on power strokes, resulting in more power. Used in petrol and diesel engines, advertised as preventing rust and corrosion and lubricating parts.
The Marvel Oil Company was initially based in Chicago, moved to New York in 1941 and was purchased by Turtle Wax Inc. in 1999, returning to Chicago. According to the company, the name Mystery Oil comes from Pierce’s answer to the question, “what kind of oil is this?” to which Pierce would respond, “It’s a mystery!”
Bought from a gas can collector together with 14 others. The screw cap has a small pouring spout. This can has the Port Chester New York address so dates between 1941 and 1999.
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Product code: 121077B