The Ferret

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If you’re thinking of gifting something to somebody who would appreciate it, think no further. I believe that I could use a Ferret as a ranch vehicle…and to support local efforts to keep the great unwashed masses in line.  Buy here. I prefer the Mark 2/3 with the turret, but any model will do.

I first came into contact with this cool little scout car in Northern Ireland:

The Ferret armored car, also commonly called the Ferret scout car, is a British armored fighting vehicle designed and built for reconnaissance purposes. The Ferret was produced between 1952 and 1971 by the UK company Daimler. It was widely adopted by regiments in the British Army, as well as the RAF Regiment and Commonwealth countries throughout the period.

An ambitious American manufacturer could start building them for American domestic use (in private hands) during the “troubles” here. I mean, if the government is going to defund the police, we’ll need to start commuting in these.

There are variants to the basic armored car”

Mk 1 – (FV701C) No turret

Mk 2 – 2-door turret from Alvis Saracen APC
Armament .30 Browning MG

Mk 2/3 – rebuilt to new specification
Armament .30 Browning MG

Mk 4 – (FV711) Reconnaissance vehicle with 2-door turret from Alvis Saracen APC

Ferret Armored Car Specifications

Weight 3.7 t
Length 12 ft 2 in (3.7 m)
Width 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Crew 2 (commander, driver)
Main armament – 7.62×51mm NATO GPMG
Engine Rolls Royce B60 Inlet over Exhaust I6 petrol
130 hp (97 kW)
Power/weight 35.1 hp/ton
Drive train 4×4
Operational range -190 mi (310 km)
Speed 58 mph (93 km/h)

That baby would look mighty good with an Arizona license plate on it.

20 thoughts on “The Ferret

  1. I took a look at the page the link led to and book marked it for later. I probably won’t buy anything but it may be fun to see what’s out there now and then. Never saw a Ferret. Back in the day MP companies would provide V-100s for convoy escort. I later saw one in the possession of a metropolitan police department that they had on display at an event. Now they get MRAPs.

    1. The MRAP is far evolved from something like a Ferret. These days with civil unrest, I’m sure that the inventory of this sort of thing is non-existent and the price is many times what it normally was.

  2. i almost bought one off ebay motors years ago when they were lower priced. i read that they require constant maintenance, especially the transfers which there are four and have to synchronized often. i do love the look/concept and i already have the browning so… wonder if a jeep frame could be adapted. maybe use kevlar behind lighter metal shell? i imagine the armored limo companies are busy nowadays..have a safe and happy independence day.

      1. I’ve thought of that as well. I’m looking (sort of seriously) at maybe making one on a donor-chasis. No British electrical or overly complicated gearing with a large diesel engine.

  3. I wonder what kind of mileage they get. This baby weighs over 7,000 pounds with a 130 HP gas engine. Toyota Camry’s have more oomph.

    Then again, it appears that the armor will stop small arms fire adequately, and would be a nice addition to any prepper’s fleet.

    1. They don’t travel very fast and Britain is flat, so the mileage may not be so bad.

  4. I say get a Ferret PLUS a M422 Mighty Mite. Knew a guy who took his from the hills West of Boulder to the San Juans…never touched pavement except to cross.

  5. Probably can’t fit a .50 in the turret, but I bet one of those nice new .338 MGs would go in there.


    1. The only place to turn to if you want modern weaponry is the Mexican black market or to the town of Prescott if you live in Arizona. An M-60 would be sufficient or even a SAW.

    1. There are two ways of looking at that. As an extreme libertarian I expect that you oppose traffic laws and taxes as is your due.

      Many states will either not license special purpose vehicles, OR they make it tough. Arizona will license anything with a break light and turn signals (literally), so it’s a good place to register your tank.

  6. The turret w/ MG makes a dandy turn signal.

    Why Prescott, just curious? Is it the Dara market of the US?

    1. There is a lot of hard core weaponry in Prescott. Jeff Cooper (and Gunsight) may have been the lode stone that kicked it off.

  7. Why a Ferret? Go with a Cadillac Gage Commando. That way you have room for family, it’s made in America, it swims, some variants can mount up to a 20mm or a 7.62mm minigun. 3 crew and room for 9.

    Sure, the original has a measly 210hp engine in it, but any decent shop can drop in a better engine.

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