History of Gulf Oil

With a 100-year heritage, the Gulf brand is globally recognised and trusted by millions of customers. Opening the first-ever branded petrol station in Pittsburgh, USA in 1913, we have led the way in fuel retail ever since.

Thanks to our pioneering spirit, we began to develop other sites, branding them with the distinctive orange disc that still forms part of the Gulf logo today. During the 1960s, the Gulf brand developed high profile marketing campaigns, including sponsorship of the Apollo moon landings.

Gulf’s instantly recognisable orange disc is now synonymous around the world with high quality products, innovation and technical excellence.

In addition to worldwide coverage for lubricant sales, today Gulf is now present in over 25 countries across the world for both fuel retailing and lubricants, with aspirations of achieving 60 by 2020.




Manchester United Football Club

Ground breaking global partnership with Manchester United is launched.

December 2012


Gulf acquires the world’s largest metalworking fluids manufacturer, US-based Houghton International.


Slippery when wet

Gulf Oil Marine is established, growing rapidly to become one of the top 6 Marine lubricant companies, servicing more than 1000 ports worldwide.


The Hinduja Group

The Hinduja Group acquires Gulf brand to become Gulf Oil International


Gulf Supporting Porsche

Gulf becomes the only sponsor ever to win Le Mans in a car of its own name


Gulf reaches peak production, processing 1.3m barrels daily


The Man at Le Mans

Steve McQueen’s movie ‘Le Mans’ brings prestige to the brand


Venezuela Adventure

Gulf establishes a presence in the oil fields of Venezuela


Gulf sells the Barco concession to Texaco


Gulf purchases the Barco oil concession


Innovative Thinking

Gulf introduces the first drive through fuel station


Going under

Gulf launches the world’s first ever water drilling operation


Spindletop: The Beginning