Perkins Engines Company Limited

Perkins Engines Company Limited

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Perkins Engines Company Limited, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is primarily a diesel engine manufacturer for several markets including Agricultural, Construction, Material Handling, Power Generation and Industrial. Established in Peterborough in 1932. Over the years Perkins has expanded its engine ranges and produces thousands of different engine specifications including diesel and gas engines.


F. Perkins Ltd, Engineers was formed on 7 June 1932 in Peterborough by Frank Perkins and Charles Chapman. Before Perkins and Chapman, the diesel engine was a heavy and slow revving workhorse, lacking performance. Chapman's concept was the high-speed diesel - a motor that could challenge gasoline as the primary motive power. The world’s first high-speed diesel engine was Perkins' four-cylinder Vixen, which made its debut in 1932, and in October 1935 Perkins became the first company to hold 6 world diesel speed records for a variety of distances set at the Brooklands race track in Surrey. Sales were strong and by the time of World War II the company made two series of engines, P4 and P6. After the war, the company went public, and established a number of licensees for local manufacturing and sale.


The company was sold to Massey Ferguson in 1959 and later became part of LucasVarity; development continued and Perkins updated its engines to meet stricter emissions rules, while developing new series for...
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