Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ferret Scout Video

Summary of Ferret Cars for Sale

The Ferret Cars are listed FOR SALE (not auction) on www.ebay.com.au as follows:

A - Ferret Mk2 - fully restored and operational (AUD$20,000) - SOLD
B - Ferret Mk1 - needs some brake work and minor adjustments (AUD$15,000) - Last One Left - Now reduced to $13,000 ONO for a quick sale
C - Ferret Mk1 - needs some brake work and minor adjustments (not yet listed for auction) - SOLD
D - Ferret Mk2 - the prize of the collection with smoke launchers, periscope, new tyres and a complete military radio. (AUD$27,000) - SOLD
E - Ferret Mk1 - cosmetically restored only. (AUD$8,000) - SOLD

The links to each auction are as follows:

Ferret A - SOLD

Ferret B - http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130402500687#ht_765wt_965

Ferret C - SOLD

Ferrret D - SOLD

Ferret E - SOLD


Ferret Parts Collection - sold

Please send any questions to ferrets@grouchy.com.au
We can make a time to have a phone call to talk directly with the owner, Robert. Any inspections are very welcome.

Monday, April 26, 2010

For Sale: Ferret Scout Car - Restored Mk1


Restored Ferret Scout Recon Light Armoured Vehicle - Mk I

Rescued from a country shed, this ferret has had extensive cosmetic restoration. All that was removable was pulled apart and then thoroughly processed until it looked as new. While we only have the word of the farmer who owned them as to mechanical working condition being “good”, he did advise that it had a brake problem.

The ferret (except for the smoke launchers) appears complete. It stands on car jacks in a specially constructed shed and has been on exhibit there for the past 8 years (with batteries removed). The engine is cranked by hand regularly to ensure eventual start and compression seems fine. Sold AS IS, we recommend inspection by a qualified mechanic.

This ferret is currently being auctioned on ebay: Ferret ebay listing

This Ferret is one of a collection of five Ferret Scout Recon Cars. Three of the other Ferret cars are also fully restored (one Mk I and two Mk IIs). There is also a semi-restored Ferret and collection of thousands of fully catalogued, original Rolls Royce Ferret Scout spare parts that are being sold as separate lots. Refer to other posts here for more details.

The owner is an Australian military vehicle collector who is selling his lifetime (and much loved) collection due to illness.

Condition: This Scout is being sold "as is" and as described.

Inspection: The collection is based in Adelaide, South Australia and any inspection is very welcome.

Information: The owner can be contacted directly for any questions (by phone or email). Additional photos can be forwarded (just send us an email). Any questions are welcome.

Shipping: The purchaser is responsible for removal, shipping arrangements, insurance and any associated costs.

Our Code: "Ferret B"

For Sale - Ferret Scout Car Light Armoured Vehicle: Fully RESTORED - A



This is a Fully Restored Ferret Scout Recon Light Armoured Vehicle - Originally Mk I, now Mk II

This Ferret was rescued from a farm shed where it was regularly used by the owner farmer as an occasional roustabout. This Ferret MK1 was fully operational when purchased. However, it required a serious clean up including fumigation, of white tailed spiders, redback spiders and 2 weeks of scraping the floor of an inch of chicken droppings! Once that was done, it still needed a further week of thorough steam cleaning.

Prior to purchase, the farmer took me on a very wild ride, up and down hills and ridges while hanging on for dear life to prove that the Ferret was running!

This ferret’s overall condition required our care and undivided attention. It’s restoration took 4 years of nearly constant attention to detail where ALL parts were taken apart, then stripped, sanded, rust-proofed and protected with the best products available. Seats were redone, new foam and trim cut and restored to as new condition. All suspension was checked, joints were oiled, the engine was restored cosmetically, batteries removed and electricals disconnected. Once finished, it was then taken to a purposely-built hangar/museum, placed on jacks and covered. Although the ferret has not been driven or started since its purchase, it is regularly cranked by hand to ensure its start when re-activated by its new owner.

Last year, I purchased a turret which I have placed on this ferret as a tribute to the detailing work that this ferret deserved. It now proudly stands as a MK11 and can be admired by viewing the recent photographs on ebay.

This Ferret is currently on auction on ebay UK: Ferret A Listing

This Ferret is one of a collection of five Ferret Scout Recon Cars. Three of the other Ferret cars are also fully restored (two Mk I's and one Mk II). There is also a semi-restored Ferret and collection of thousands of fully catalogued, original Rolls Royce Ferret Scout spare parts that are being sold as separate lots.

The owner is an Australian military vehicle collector who is selling his lifetime (and much loved) collection due to illness.

Condition: This Scout is being sold "as is" and as described.

Inspection: The collection is based in Adelaide, South Australia and any inspection is very welcome.

Information: The owner can be contacted directly for any questions (by phone or email). Additional photos can be forwarded (just send us an email). Any questions are welcome.

Shipping: The purchaser is responsible for removal, shipping arrangements, insurance and any associated costs.

Our Code: "Ferret A"

For Sale: Ferret Scout Car - Partly Restored (E)




Ferret Scout Recon Light Armoured Vehicle - Mk I

This Ferret was purchased five years ago as a restoration project. It is thought to have been previously on static display as the engine was (and still is) immobile and parts were missing such as the rear observer seat and the air cleaner. The engine itself appears to be fairly complete but it lacks the original spark plugs.

Cosmetic restoration was initiated by a thorough steam-cleaning of all of the exterior/interior, removing internal accessories such as battery boxes, map containers, etc., and giving the ferret a 3-fold rust proofing (Wattyl rust and paint protector was used).

Unfortunately, this project has had to be abandoned due to illness and the ferret’s present condition can be seen by viewing the photographs on the ebay listing. This vehicle remains protected and is covered on car jacks at the rear of the present owners’ home.

The Ferret is currently for auction on ebay: Ferret Scout Auction Listing

This Ferret is one of a collection of five Ferret Scout Recon Cars. The other four Ferret cars are fully restored (two Mk I's and two Mk IIs). There is also a collection of thousands of fully catalogued, original Rolls Royce Ferret Scout spare parts that are being sold as a separate lot. See other postings on this blog for details.

The owner is an Australian military vehicle collector who is selling his lifetime (and much loved) collection due to illness.

About Ferret Scouts:
The Ferret Scout cars were introduced and developed in 1952 as replacements for earlier scout cars in Britain. Production ended in 1971 and 4,409 were produced and issued. Approx. 40 countries used the Ferret Scout Car since it was issued, in Northern Ireland in the 50's, in Egypt at the Suez Canal in the 60's and in Cyprus (United Nations) in the 70's. The British Army thought so highly of the Ferret Scout Cars that they took 40 "out of mothballs" and re-furbished them for use in the first Gulf War.


Condition: This Scout is being sold "as is" and as described. It is not operational.

Inspection: The collection is based in Adelaide, South Australia and any inspection is very welcome.

Information: The owner can be contacted directly for any questions (by phone or email). Additional photos can be forwarded (just send us an email). Any questions are welcome.

Our Code: E

For Sale: Ferret Scout Car Genuine Parts and Manuals



THIS UNIQUE COLLECTION IS AN INVESTOR AND COLLECTOR’S FIND!

It comprises thousands of new parts, still in their original greased wrappers with Rolls Royce tags and numbers that match their descriptive function as shown in a huge illustrated Parts Manual (included in collection). Every one of the parts is listed in a 17-page inventory which can be downloaded here (Ferret Parts Inventory).

This collection is a Pandora’s Box of unobtainable critical new parts for ferrets, sourced from different outlets by the present owner over a lifetime of collecting and restoring his own collection. By acquiring such a valuable Parts Collection will ensure a group of Mk1 and Mk11 armored recon. Ferret collectors/investors will have many more years of enjoyment in the knowledge that they will be able to keep their vehicles running in pristine condition.

The parts collection includes, amongst many other items:
  • a complete gearbox in original case
  • new electrical components
  • plugs
  • fuel tank
  • tracta joints

There is also a valuable collection of Manuals including:
  • driving manuals
  • campaign repair manuals
  • field manuals
  • base repair manuals
  • Rolls Royce manual of complete engine take down and repair for the military 6 cylinder motor as fitted to the Ferret Mk1 and Mk2 (extremely rare)
  • huge army catalogue of every part, with a visual sketch, and corresponding part number (this manual then cross references against the supplied inventory list).
This collection is currently listed for auction on ebay - Ferret Parts Collection

Please note that the parts described are sold AS ONE LOT. No individual parts will be sold. The photos in this listing show the stored parts on display shelves and later packed in boxes in readiness for verification and removal. PLEASE NOTE: that the armament cradle as shown on top of the packed boxes belongs to another ferret and is NOT included in this auction (it is not listed on the inventory).

Please email any questions to: ferrets@grouchy.com.au

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ferret Scout Armoured Cars - For Sale

An Australian Military Collector is selling his lifetime collection of FOUR restored Ferret Recon Mk 1 and Mk 2 Scout cars (Ferrets A, B, C, D) and a spare Mk 1 Ferret (Ferret E - not currently serviceable). In addition, is his collection of hundreds of brand new (in grease) genuine Rolls Royce parts for the Ferrets.

The Ferrets have been carefully restored over many years with all body parts being stripped and tested in a four step total anti-rust system then re-painted. The most prized item in the collection is undoubtedly the Ferret "D" Mk 2, which is absolutely complete with smoke launchers, periscope, new tyres and complete military radio fitted inside.

The Mk2 Ferrets (A and D) were fully operational and driveable when stored while the two Mk1 Ferrets (B and C) need some brake work and minor adjustments.

All Ferrets were placed directly into store (in their current location in Adelaide, South Australia) after restoration five years ago and the engines are cranked by hand regularly to ensure their eventual restart.

The Ferret parts are all new in grease, boxed and numbered and include some now unobtainable items. For example, the complete gearbox in original case, new electrical components, plugs, fuel tank, tracta joints. All parts are collated and detailed in an extensive 17 page inventory including Part Number and original Army Number.

Manuals, together with a set of original driving manuals, campaign repair manuals, field manuals and base repair manuals are also available. Rolls Royce manuals of complete engine takedown and repair for the military 6 cylinder motor as fitted to the Ferret Mk1 and Mk2 is an extremely rare inclusion in this collection and is completed by a huge individual army catalogue of every part and corresponding visual sketch with corresponding numbers. Every spare part is then matched to this catalogue (in the 17 page inventory).

Details: This blog has details of each item separately listed.
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Inspection: Very welcome - email us with your phone no to arrange a time. For overseas buyers, a qualified mechanic in Adelaide is welcome to inspect on your behalf.
Sale: Ferrets and parts collection are for auction on eBay. Alternatively, make an offer directly to us before any bids are received (once bids are received, we are legally bound to accept the winning bidder).

You can view our listings here:

Enquiries: ferrets@grouchy.com.au