Lot 117: Daimler Ferret Scout Car
The Daimler Ferret is one of the most successful light armoured vehicles ever made and some 4,500 were produced between 1952 and 1971. Designed for battlefield reconnaissance duties, it was sold to over 35 countries and is still in active service in various parts of the world.
The great virtue of the Ferret in private hands is that it is genuinely useable and can be safely driven by just one person, with good all round visibility from the driving seat. Fully road legal, it has a useful top speed of 60mph, a range of 200 miles, is incredibly tough and, of course, will go absolutely anywhere thanks to its 4x4 drive system.
Clearly built without any regard to cost with superb engineering throughout, it is powered by a lusty 130bhp Rolls Royce B60 4.25 litre engine which transmits its power through a five-speed preselector gearbox which also gives all five gears in reverse!
Ferrets were available in a confusing number of variants, largely differentiated by the thickness of the armour and the type of weapons or missiles that they carried. This is a Ferret Mk2, arguably the nicest version for civilian use since it has a large turret which can accommodate two people comfortably and more at a squeeze. To add icing to the cake, it is still fitted with the correct Browning .30 calibre machine gun (now deactivated, of course).
This Ferret is believed to have had only two private owners since being 'de-mobbed'. The current owner is a local military vehicle collector who has had it for almost 11 years. At the time of his purchase it had run virtually no miles at all and the current incredibly low mileage of 1,069 is believed to be genuine. It has always been garaged and normally serviced during his ownership and is said to have always proved totally reliable. Comprehensive insurance is only �170 per year and there is no legal requirement for a UK MOT. It also comes with a detailed driving and maintenance manual.
This particular Ferret has all its original military equipment and will therefore appeal to the military aficionado as well as to any person with a love of good machinery and fun driving. It will certainly upstage everything else in the golf club car park or the paddock at Goodwood.
Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia|
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
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|Registration number||YSY 236|
|Engine capacity (cc)||4250|
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