The 1960s: Product and Market Expansion

In 1960 the direct-injection 6.354 engine was introduced, intended to replace the R6 and P6 engines. This was followed in 1964 by the four-cylinder version, the 4.236, made in a new factory featuring state-of-the-art machining and assembly processes. A long-term contract had been signed with Ford to produce the F3 variant of the P3 engine, and these, along with the increasing MF volumes, helped to drive production volumes beyond 200,000 engines for the first time in 1964.

In 1966, Perkins received the first ‘Queen’s Award for Export Achievement’ celebrating sustained export growth to over 80% of production. In the following year the whole company mourned the death of its founder, Frank Perkins, at the age of 78.

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