PERKINS TRACTOR ENGINES
Perkins were founded in 1932 by Frank Perkins. Despite gaining a degree in engineering, and coming from an agricultural engineering family, Perkins stared out as a farmer. After serving the in the Army during the first World War from 1914-1918 he returned to farming for some years.
Eventually Perkins decided to move back to Peterborough and learn the engineering business with his father’s firm Agricultural and General Engineers Group (AGE). Perkins was developing diesel engines at AGE with talented engineer Charles Chapman, but during the 1920’s the depression led to the company’s bankruptcy. With Perkins entrepreneurial spirit and Charles’ engineering skill they decided to form F Perkins Ltd and were one of the first manufacturers to recognise the potential of diesel.
Whilst development was underway the company cash flow struggled through the 1930’s – the financial assistance of Perkins brother-in-law helped keep the company afloat during this time. The worlds first high speed diesel engine was the Perkins Vixen which made it’s debut in 1932.
Perkins and Chapman expanded into engines for marine use during World War II and as the raw materials quota eased production and sales increased.
Perkins was purchased by Massey Ferguson – it’s largest customer, in 1959, and then by Caterpillar in 1998. If you’re looking for Perkins engines visit our online dept>