The 1930s: The Pioneers, Birth and Survival

In 1935 a Government-imposed tax increase on diesel fuel killed the home vehicle market overnight and almost Perkins too. Frank Perkins fought back, looking for new fields and trying ventures such as speed records at Brooklands using a Wolf in a Parry Thomas ‘flat iron’ racing car. This year also saw the creation of the Leopard and Lynx engines, whose increased bore and stroke provided yet more power for larger trucks. Sales began to grow, for vehicle, farm, industrial and marine applications.

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