100 series Perkins boat engines can be a Volvo Penta – Perama

100 series Perkins Engine 103-7, 103-10, 103-15, 104-22


Perkins started importing these 100 series engines from a Japanese company called Ishikawajima Shibaura Machinery, Ltd nearly twenty years ago. Perkins marketed this engine in a marinized version as the Perama M20, M25,  M30. They sold the engine to Volvo Penta who marketed it as their MD2030 and other Volvo Penta type engines as well as:

M80, M92B, M115T, M130, M135, M185, M215, M225, M225TU, M265, M300TI.


Perkins also sold the engines to Massey Ferguson, McCormick, Terramite, Textron, Jacobsen, Cushman, Vermeer, Leech Lewis, JCB, Kobelco, Merlo, Manitou, New Holland, Genie, Bandit, Mosa, Olympian, FG Wilson, Terex, JLG and Northern Lights to name just a few.


By 1996, Perkins had become so successful at marketing these reliable engines to other equipment manufacturers that they formed a joint venture with ISM called Perkins Shibaura Engines, Ltd. and began assembling the engines at the Perkins facility in Peterborough, the UK from parts shipped from Japan.


In 1997, Perkins was acquired by Caterpillar. With an added boost from Caterpillar, this little engine has become one of the most popular engines in the world. It’s used in turf equipment, tractors, mini-excavators, brush choppers, compressors, welders, pumps, generators, lighting towers, dewatering pumps, Dingo bobcats, Cranes, etc.


Caterpillar uses it in some of their smaller equipment is a black engine painted Cat Yellow. The “Perkins” name is on the engine ID plate which is located on a distinctive boss just forward of the injection pump. The 2006 model year’s production of the engine has “Shibaura” highlighted on the ID plate. In 2001, the larger Shibaura 400 series engine was introduced with assembling at Peterborough.