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In this List of Perkins engines, family type refers to the two letter designation Perkins gives each engine. This nomenclature was introduced in 1978 under Perkins' new engine numbering scheme, where the family type is encoded in each unique serial number. Engines that went out of production prior to 1978 may have been retroactively assigned a family type to expedite parts support (this is the case with the Perkins 4.107). Some engines never entered production, such as the Perkins 4.224, but were assigned a family type.

Perkins was sold in 2002, and is now a fully owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc.

The List is from the Wikipedia list but with additional info like build dates to be added

Letter Code Model Number Build Dates Notes
AEFCC4.40Federal emissions.
AFG4.40Gasoline engine.
APN4.401Narrow front end.
BA4.20 Produced as a Joint venture between Perkins, UK government and the then Austin Rover Group. Based on the Austin Rover O series engine this engine had major parts produced at Longbridge by Austin Rover with final assembly by Perkins.It was entirely designed by Perkins who also sold it to external customers. It was used by Austin Rover in the Austin Maestro and by LDV Limited in their 2.5 tonne van.
BBT4.20As with the 4.20. Used by Austin Rover in the Montego and later the Maestro.|
CAP31953-11 to
Three cylinder diesel engine, produced from . Engine serial is a seven digit number beginning with 1000251. 67433 engines were produced. Uses a timing chain.
noneF3Three cylinder diesel engine, produced from 1957-08 to 1964-10. For the Fordson Dexta
CCP3.1441957-03 to
Three cylinder, 144 in³ (2.4 L) diesel engine, produced from . Family type is CC. 2691 United Kingdom-built engines and 454 France-built engines were produced for Massey Ferguson; 30346 were produced for other customers.
noneF3.152Three cylinder, 154 in³ (2.5 L) diesel engine, produced from 1962-02 to 1964-09. No family type. Built for Fordson Super Dexta
CED3.152Direct injection versions of earlier 3.152 engine types. Produced for Massey Ferguson and other customers including Volvo (tractors)
CFG3.152G denotes "gas" or " gasolene" version. Spark ignition variant of D3152 produced for common installation in Fork lift truck where D3152 engine was specified.
CJ3.1522Development of D3152 using Perkins "squish lip" piston to give improved driveability of engine in emissions sensitive applications such as Fork Lift.
CM3.1524Uprated D3152 engine. Board decision named this engine .4 despite no .3 ever existing due to recent launch of 6.354.4 and its success.
CNT3.1524Turbocharged version of 3.152.4. Initially used by Lindner, later by Massey Ferguson.
EA4.99Four cylinder, 99 in³ (1.6 L) diesel engine. Wet sleeves, used in London Taxis.
EB4.107Four cylinder, 107.5 in³ (1.8 L) diesel engine. Wet sleeves. Commonly used in marine applications.
ECT4.107Four cylinder, 107.5 in³ (1.8 L) turbocharged diesel engine. Wet sleeves. Very rare (perhaps never actually a production model).
ED4.108Four cylinder, 108 in³ (1,760 cm³) diesel engine. Dry sleeves.Used extensively in vans and cars, Ford Transit, Opel Blitz, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
GA4.154Four cylinder, 154 in³ diesel engine. Designed with sister engine 6.231 but only produced by licencee Toyo Kogyo (Mazda). Later developed into 4.165/6.247 family.
GB4.135Based on 4.154.Produced only by Toyo Kogyo. (Mazda) Variant used in '82-'84 B2200 trucks and in '83-'84 Ford Ranger Diesels. Pushrod, dry sleeves and gear drive
HA4.165Four cylinder, 165 in³ diesel engine. Based on 4.154. Assembled by Perkins in Hannover for VW LT van.
JAP41937-06 to 1967-05Four cylinder diesel engine, produced . (97390 engines were produced).
JB4.1921958-05 to 1972-01.Four cylinder, 192 in³ (3.1 L) diesel engine
JCP4.192no information
JD4.203Four cylinder, 203 in³ diesel engine.
noneL41952-10 to 1961-07Four cylinder diesel engine, produced from . Commonly used in agricultural applications. No family type. Regarded as grandfather to later 4.236.
JG4.2032 Derivative of the 4.203 model
LA4.212Four cylinder, 212 in³ (3.5 L) diesel engine. Essentially, a 4.236 with a smaller stroke.
LCnoneThis family type was reserved for a 224 in³ version of the 4.236, but never entered production.
LD4.236Four cylinder, 236 in³ (3.9 L) diesel engine.
LEG4.236Four cylinder, 236 in³ (3.9 L) gasoline (or propane) engine.
LF4.248Four cylinder, 248 in³ (4.1 L) diesel engine. Essentially, a 4.236 with a larger bore.
LG4.2482This development of the 4.236 series was designed to use the Perkins "squish lip" piston which gave emissions benefits although had lower specific output compared to conventional direct injection engines. It was used in fork lift applications as an alternative to the smaller swept volume 4.236.
LHC4.236Four cylinder, 236 in³ (3.9 L) "compensated" (lightly turbocharged) diesel engine.
LJT4.236Four cylinder, 236 in³ (3.9 L) turbocharged diesel engine.
LM4.41 ?
NA4.270Four cylinder, 270 in³ (4.4 L) diesel engine, produced from 1958-12 to 1974-04.
NB4.300Four cylinder, 300 in³ (4.9 L) diesel engine.
NC4.318Four cylinder, 318 in³ (5.2 L) diesel engine.
RA6.247Straight 6 Cyl, normally aspirated diesel, only ever fitted to Dodge 50 range in the UK also known as the 'Black' perkins engine
PAP61938-01 to 1961-04Six cylinder diesel engine
PB6.2881960-04 to 1964-01Six cylinder, 288 in³ (4.7 L) diesel engine.
PC6.3051959-03 to 1970-02.Six cylinder, 305 in³ (5.0 L) diesel engine
noneC.3051958-06 to 1961-05Produced from . No information.
none6.3061965-12 to 1975-12.Six cylinder, 306 in³ (5.0 L) diesel engine,
noneS61939-05 to 1962-10Six cylinder diesel engine.
TC6.354Six cylinder, 354 in³ (5.8 L) diesel engine.
TDH6.354Six cylinder, 354 in³ (5.8 L) turbocharged diesel engine.
TFHT6.354Six cylinder, 354 in³ (5.8 L) horizontal turbocharged diesel engine. Very rare.
XAV8.510V-8, 510 in³ (8.4 L) diesel engine.
XBTV8.510V-8, 510 in³ (8.4 L) turbocharged diesel engine.
XCV8.540V-8, 540 in³ (8.8 L) diesel engine.
XDTV8.540V-8, 540 in³ (8.8 L) turbocharged diesel engine.
ZAV8.640V-8, 640 in³ (10.5 L) diesel engine.
ZBTV8.640V-8, 640 in³ (10.5 L) turbocharged diesel engine.
noneT12Twelve cylinder diesel engine, two banks of six cylinders arranged in a V . Produced for marine use during the war , Perkins used one on a stand-by generator at the factory. This engine is now in preservation.[citation (source) needed]

Modern RangesEdit

Letter Code Model Number Power hp/(kw) Build Dates Notes
 ? Perkins 300 series  ? to 2006 (?) 4 cylinder compact Tier II[1]
 ? Perkins 400D series 2006- 3 or 4 cylinder compact Tier III
 ? 404D22TA 2006- 66hp 4-cylinder 2.2 litre turbo charged
 ? 403D15T 2006- (30kw) 3 cylinder 1.5 ltr turbo
 ? 403D17 2006-  ? 3 cylinder 1.7 ltr
 ? 402D05 2006- 13.7 hp 2 cylinder 0.5 ltr

See alsoEdit


  1. Earthmovers Magazine, No. 27, July 2006

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