Jay Leno’s automotive assortment is spectacular not only for its dimension, however for its selection. Alongside the Bugattis and Duesenbergs sits this 1959 Ferret Mk2 reconnaissance automobile, which received the highlight on a current episode of “Jay Leno’s Storage.”
The Ferret was utilized by the British army from the early Fifties till 1971. It was developed by Daimler, the British agency that additionally developed the SP250 sports activities automotive (and was later absorbed into Jaguar), with a 4.2-liter Rolls-Royce inline-6 engine shared with that automaker’s passenger vehicles. It had a three-person crew, with a gunner manning a .30-caliber machine gun within the turret.
As an alternative of a standard gearbox, the Ferret has a 5-speed Wilson pre-selector fluid-coupling transmission. The motive force “pre-selects” gears with the shifter, however the transmission would not truly change gears till the throttle is pushed. The 5 gears additionally work in reverse, permitting for high-speed getaways.
1959 Daimler Ferret Mk2 armored scout automotive on Jay Leno’s Storage
In case you’re out there for a classic army automobile, the Ferret is an efficient choice. As a result of it rides on (run-flat) tires as an alternative of tracks, it may be used on paved roads. Tracked automobiles like tanks are inclined to tear up pavement which, as Leno famous within the video, can depart house owners with some hefty payments from the native freeway division.
The Ferret additionally drives like a automotive, Leno stated, and runs on common gasoline (with gasoline financial system of 5 mpg, although). High pace is listed as 45 mph, however Leno stated his Ferret can do 60 mph.
Outward visibility is not nice, nonetheless, so Leno added cameras in any respect 4 corners—not not like the surround-view digital camera methods provided on many fashionable vehicles. The mod makes the automobile good for procuring journeys, Leno stated.