Jay Leno’s automotive assortment is spectacular not only for its measurement, however for its selection. Alongside the Bugattis and Duesenbergs sits this 1959 Ferret Mk2 reconnaissance automobile, which acquired the highlight on a latest episode of “Jay Leno’s Storage.”

The Ferret was utilized by the British army from the early 1950s 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 automobiles. 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 driving force “pre-selects” gears with the shifter, however the transmission doesn’t really change gears till the throttle is pushed. The 5 gears additionally work in reverse, permitting for high-speed getaways.

In case you’re out there for a classic army automobile, the Ferret is an effective 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 go away 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 economic system of 5 mpg, although). Prime velocity is listed as 45 mph, however Leno stated his Ferret can do 60 mph.

Outward visibility isn’t nice, nevertheless, so Leno added cameras in any respect 4 corners—not in contrast to the surround-view digital camera techniques supplied on many fashionable automobiles. The mod makes the automobile excellent for procuring journeys, Leno stated.

This text was initially printed by Motor Authority, an editorial accomplice of ClassicCars.com.

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