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The ideal ute for mom’s taxi — a 1959 Daim­ler Fer­ret Mk II ar­moured re­con­nais­sance ve­hi­cle (com­plete with a de-ac­ti­vated Brown­ing 0,30 cal­i­bre ma­chine gun in the tur­ret and smoke dis­charg­ers present), sold for £9 520 (R172 211) at the an­nual H&H Clas­sic Auc­tions’ Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum sale last week. This was well be­low the ex­pected price of be­tween R180 000 and R228 000. The Fer­ret was de­vel­oped in 1949 to re­place the Dingo and was used by sev­eral Com­mon­wealth forces un­til 1971. It is pow­ered by a 4,5-litre Rolls-Royce B60 six-cylin­der petrol en­gine, driv­ing a five-speed pre-se­lect Wil­son epicyclic gear­box. In the UK, this vet­eran ve­hi­cle en­joys MoT ex­emp­tion.


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