The 1950s: Perkins as a Public Company

The decade was not without its problems however. A new larger engine, the R6, was developed quickly to provide more power for larger trucks both at home and for export. The engine was put into production in 1953, but the speed of development was soon apparent through increasing warranty claims and in-field support requirements.

The resulting costs, coupled with the major economic problems triggered by the Suez crisis, caused Perkins to announce its first trading loss in 1956.

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