Faced with the requirement to update its light armoured vehicles post-WWII, the British Ministry of Defence turned to the Daimler company to develop a replacement of successful Daimler Dingo. Development began in 1949 and the resulting Ferret armoured, or Scout, first entered service in 1952. The Ferret shared many design features with its Daimler Dingo predecessor but incorporated a larger crew compartment and a small machine gun turret.
The six-cylinder engine was a Rolls-Royce B60 overhead-valve petrol unit developing 129bhp, good enough to endow the 4-ton Ferret with a top speed close to 60mph. Drive was transmitted via a fluid flywheel to a five-speed pre-selective gearbox and thence via a transfer ‘box to all four wheels.
It was widely adopted by regiments in the British Army, as well as the RAF Regiment and Commonwealth countries. The Ferret was so accomplished that it saw service until the Gulf War and has become a firm favourite amongst military collectors.
Equipped with all of the tools one would expect, including an interchangeable axe, fire extinguishers, tow-ropes and interior fittings, this amazing piece of machinery is offered in very good condition and with the appropriate amount of patina one would like for any example of the world renowned Daimler Ferret!
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.