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Ferret Mark 1 (FV701C) & 1/1 (FV701J)

(Liaison) Scout Car



Ferret Mark 1


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain and many others including Australia, Canada and France.
First Produced/Service Dates: Mark 1: 1952
Mark 1/1: 1958
Manufactured by: The Daimler Company, Ltd.
Crew: 2
Armament: .303 BREN Light Machine Gun, .30 cal Browning LMG or 7.62mm GPMG (Depending on timeframe; GPMG fitted to Mark 1/1 only)
Engine: 6 Cylinder Petrol
Miscellaneous Info: Although the Mark 1 was numerically first, it actually closely followed the Mark 2 which was the first Ferret that went into Production.  The Mark 1/1 vehicles were the later factory uparmored version of the Mark 1. The added armor to the Mark 1/1 consisted of increases to the side plates (from 6, 8 or 10mm to 12 or 16mm), rear panel (from 6 or 8mm to 12mm), hull floor (from 6 to 10mm), and engine floor (from 4 to 6mm).

A fairly common occurrence was the conversion and re-conversion of the different marks of Ferrets to other variants and back.  One of the most common changes was converting between the Mark 1 or Mark 1/1 vehicles to the Mark 2 or Mark 2/3 Ferrets by the addition or removal of the turret assembly.  In a few cases, these conversions were done in the field; And in at least one case a Mark 1/1 was converted to the Mark 2/3 standard by the fitting of a turret, but using a locally constructed superstructure.

A small number of attempts were made to fit Mark 1/1 vehicles with a few different types of flotation devices, some performing better than others.  Although none were adopted and no official designation(s) were assigned to any of them, unofficially the vehicles were sometimes referred to as Mark 1/1 (Floating) or Mark 1/3.  One design of note was VERY similar to the subsequent Mark 3 "Big Wheel" Ferret and is commonly confused with it.
Data Sheet Available: None Available


Reference Source/Provider
    Ferret Mk 1 Scout Car Photos British Ministry of Defence
Ferret Mk 1 Scout Car Photos Peter Brown - Wimborne, Dorset, England
Ferret Mk 1 Scout Car Photos (Russell Military Museum - Russell, Illinois USA) Patrick Keenan - Editor
  Ferret Mk 1 Scout Car - BAOR 1980: Command Troop 3RTR (Utilized as a Umpire's radio rebroadcast vehicle during a field exercise) Lt. Col. Dick Taylor (RTR) - Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK
Ferret Mark 1 Scout Car Photos (UN Markings) Patrick Keenan
  Ferret Mk 1/1 Scout Car Photos (UN Markings) Neil Baumgardner - Arlington, Virginia USA
Ferret Mark 1/1 Scout Car Photos Patrick Keenan
  Ferret Mark 1/1 Scout Car Photo (Converted from Mark 2/3 based upon Registration Number) Keith Paget - Northampton, UK
  Ferret Mk 1/1 Scout Car Photo (Military Vehicle Show - Kemble, UK 2005) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
  Ferret Mk 1/1 Scout Car Photo War Office Reproduction Service via David Haugh - Content Editor
  Ferret Mark 1/1 Scout Car Photo Ian Young - Great Britain
  Ferret Mark 1/1 with Floatation Device Fitted (Sometimes referred to as a Mark 1/3 and confused with later Big Wheel Mark 3 prototype/limited production) David Haugh
    Ferret Scout Car Instructional Hull & 3D Electrical Diagram (Driver and Maintenance School - Bovington Camp: Circa 1994) Clive Elliott - Editor of The Shorland Site
Ferret Scout Car Instructional Hull/Interior Photos Keith Paget
Ferret Scout Car Instructional Hull Photos (The Tank Museum - Bovington, UK) Dennis Trowbridge

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Ferret Mark 1 & 1/1 Scout Car Information and Photos Ferret FV701 Website


Reference Author
  "Big-Wheeled Ferrets" (February 2015 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) David Fletcher
British Armoured Cars Since 1945 Simon Dunstan
Certain Shield: The Multi-National Airmobile Division on Exercise (Concord Publications) Michael Jerchel

"Daimler Ferret" (March 2013 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Geoff Fletcher
Daimler "Ferret" Scout Car - Armored/Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Data #2 David R. Haugh
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
"Ferreting Around" (March 2016 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Paul Abbitt & Robert Davies
"Ferreting Around" (October 2021 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Vicky Turner
Ferret Scout Car in Canadian Service, The (Service Publications) Colin MacGregor Stevens
Ferret Scout Cars: In Detail" (G 030) (Wings and Wheels Publications) Kevin Browne, et al
Ferret: the FV 700 Series In British Army Service Pat Ware Warehouse Military Vehicle Datafile
Ferrets and Fox - AFV Weapons Profile #44 R.M. Ogorkiewicz
Operation Granby: Desert Rats Armour & Transport in the Gulf War (Concord Publications) Bob Morrison
Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles In Service B.T. White

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Ferret Mk 1/1 Scout Car Model Kit Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin/Brass with full interior
Ferret Mk 1/1 Scout Car Model Kit Cromwell Models 1/35 Resin with full interior.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
“Desert Storm # 3: British Recce AFVs in the Gulf 1990-91. Operation Granby and Desert Sabre” (35-C1303) Star-Decals 1/35 Decals. Includes markings for Ferret Scout Cars Mk I and Mk I/2, Fuchs NBC vehicle, Land Rover 109 Series III & Land Rover 110 Defender.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider