FERRET: ULTIMATE MOM’S TAXI
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.