As we celebrate in 2010 our 60 YEARS as a Perkins distributor, we take this opportunity to share the company’s history with you.
1944 David G.Homsi
David G.Homsi starts the company as a pioneer in the
automobile sector as the Renault dealer in Palestine during
the British mandate as well as being a partner in the
General Motors franchise.
1950 Levant Motors Co.
After the events of 1946 David moved to Lebanon and then
Syria. His association with F. Perkins Ltd. starts in 1950.
(The first official Perkins Distributor agreement dates from
1954). In 1952 he is appointed Distributor for “Jeep Willys
Overland” and later the same year for “Austin of England”.
In the mid 50’s sales of Jeep Willys were forced to end due
to regional events but sales of Austin cars flourished with
the 1952 Austin A40 Somerset and later the 1956 Austin
Perkins P4, P6
In 1954 Syria allows Diesel engines to be fitted on cars &
buses. This will be the start of a large scale conversion
business replacing petrol thirsty large American cars with
the much more economical Perkins P4. and P6. Backed by a
good service centre the brand developed rapidly into a well
respected name on the market.
Until today a few of these cars can still be seen on the
roads, with their original Perkins engines!
By then Levant Motors owned 2 showrooms and Parts stores in
Damascus & Aleppo, and a very well equipped service center
Replacing petrol engines on cars was banned in 1962 and the
conversion business stopped. In the meantime the
Agricultural sector started to develop with hundreds of
Massey Harris - later Massey Fergusson - tractors working in
1969 R&E Homsi
David G. Homsi’s two sons Roy & Edward take over the
business at a very difficult time during an economic
downturn that would last until 1974. Armed with their
father’s enthusiasm and energy they adapt to the changing
market and strengthen the spare parts section of the
1974-1980 Generating Sets
The 80’s see growing power cuts and R&E Homsi sees an
opportunity for a relatively new product on the market. This
will be the start of the Genset business using the now well
established 4.236 and 6.354 engines coupled to Markon and
later Leroy Somer alternators after being appointed as
Distributors. This will also be the start of the
collaboration with DPS (Diesel Power System Ltd) in the UK.
1998 Homsi Motors
A third generation joins the business creating Homsi Motors
Co. to blend fresh and enthusiastic hands with experience
Perkins Global Distributor Award
Awarded by Perkins with the prestigious Global Distributor
Award, an event that was celebrated in Damascus with the
Perkins team and distinguished guests and loyal customers.
Level 3 accreditation