National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Ferret Scout Car

Ferret Scout Car

DAIMLER FERRET MKI SCOUT CAR 4X4

 

Original Ferret MK1 ScoutThe Ferret was a standard light reconnaissance vehicle developed shortly after World War II and used by both armour and infantry. It was to prove very successful, with over 35 armies throughout the world using the Ferret in service.

New Zealanders used British MKI Ferrets in both the Malaya Emergency and Confrontation for forward observation tasks. The MKI Ferret was withdrawn from New Zealand service in 1978.

 

DAIMLER FERRET MKII SCOUT CAR 4X4

 

Daimler Ferret MK2 Scout

The Ferret MKII is similar to the MKI (same specifications) but has a manually operated turret fitted with a medium machine gun. The Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps operated six vehicles in the reconnaissance role from 1961 to 1982. The MKII Ferret also saw service with New Zealand in both the Malaya Emergency and Confrontation.

Both the MKI and MKII were capable of being transported by air.

Crew: Two
Engine: Rolls Royce B60 4258cc, 6 cylinder

Petrol developing 96 BHP

Weight: 7955 lb
Speed: 58 mph (93 km per hour)
Armament: 1 x .30 cal Browning machine gun