Re­ces­sion BEATER goes un­der the ham­mer

Tired of be­ing pushed around by the re­ces­sion you didn’t want to have? Then fight back with a Fer­ret.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

SHAN­NONS has just what you need for your own per­sonal war against ev­ery­thing com­ing up at its Syd­ney Au­tumn Clas­sic Auc­tion on Mon­day. It’s a Fer­ret Scout Car Mark 2 com­plete with Rolls-Royce en­gine, ar­moured ob­ser­va­tion and gun tur­ret and go just-aboutany­where ca­pa­bil­ity.

Based on the Daim­ler Dingo used by the Ger­man Army in World War II, the Fer­ret was de­vel­oped by the Bri­tish Army in the late 1940s and came into pro­duc­tion in the 1950s.

The Fer­ret first saw ser­vice in the Bri­tish Army in 1952, and a lit­tle later in Aus­tralia, where our army used them as scout cars un­til the 1960s.

They were dis­posed of by pub­lic auc­tion in the early 1970s.

In­tended for light re­con­nais­sance work, the Fer­ret was very mo­bile and well suited to its role. Power came from a Rolls-Royce B60 en­gine that drove the four wheel drive Fer­ret to a top speed of 93km/h, quite re­spectable for a light ar­moured ve­hi­cle weigh­ing around 4.3 tonnes in com­bat spec­i­fi­ca­tion and good enough to keep up with day-to-day traf­fic around town.

At just 3.8m long, 1.9m wide and 1.9m tall, it is com­pact enough to sneak into most city car parks, while with a ground clear­ance of 33cm you don’t have to be too care­ful with curbs or traf­fic lane di­viders.

Prob­a­bly the only re­ally dis­con­cert­ing fea­ture for Fer­ret driv­ers is its “in­verted” steer­ing wheel that runs at a 45-de­gree an­gle away from the driver, which will take some ad­just­ing to by your av­er­age in­ner ur­ban war­rior.

The other trick the bud­ding Fer­ret driver must mas­ter is the fluid drive pre­s­e­lec­tor gear­box. First place the se­lec­tor into the de­sired driv­ing gear and then en­gage the clutch.

There are five gears to se­lect from, al­though “first” is only in­tended for very low range work, like crawl­ing over slow mov­ing traf­fic at peak times. But there’s a trick fea­ture that al­lows the gear­box to run in re­verse, giv­ing you five ra­tios to back out of trou­ble. But if it’s all too hard, the gear­box al­lows the Fer­ret to be driven off from a stand­ing po­si­tion in any gear.

The early and most de­sir­able Fer­ret Scout Car be­ing auc­tioned by Shan­nons is the more col­lectable Mark 2 model with the heavy ar­moured plat­ing on its tur­ret. It is be­lieved to have served in South Aus­tralia.

It will be sold un­reg­is­tered with Shan­nons sug­gest­ing a sell­ing range of $12,000-$18,000.

To auc­tion: The Fer­ret Mk 2 be­ing auc­tioned by Shan­nons on Mon­day comes com­plete with an ar­moured gun tur­ret and is be­lieved to have served with the army in South Aus­tralia. Inset:

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