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Daimler Dingo Scout Car.
   (Ver 3)

 

The Dingo is effectively the predecessor to the Ferret Scout Car. Studying the shape of both soon reveals how much they have in common. The one real stand out difference is that in the Dingo the crew sit side-by-side, whereas in the Ferret it is tandem seating.

The particular vehicle featured here has had a most unusual progression of owners.
New Zealand Army
New Zealand civilian
Australian Government museum
Australian civilian
Australian Regimental museum.

The Australian Government did not actually purchase any of these vehicles for use by the Australian Defence Forces. They were, however, used by Australian Divisional Cavalry Regiments in North Africa and Palestine during World War II. A vehicle of similar design was manufactured in Canada and the USA, this vehicle, known as the "Lynx" saw service in the Australian Army during the 1940s and 1950s.

The service history of this vehicle is unknown, but appears to have been refurbished by R. Hopkins in New Zealand. It is therefore likely that this is one of the eighty four Daimler Scout Cars, Mark 2, operated by the New Zealand armoured Corps between 1943 and 1962.

It was then purchased or swapped (of which is not known) by the Australian War Memorial, quite why they got it is puzzling as the Australian army did not possess these vehicles. The AWM then sold it by tender, the successful bidder was Phil Hastings who is now in Western Australia. The Lancer's museum was asked to store it and eventually purchased it from Phil.

Further details can be found on the Lancer's website at:
http://www.lancers.org.au/site/Daimler_Dingo.asp

In the 2 pictures below the vehicle can be seen as it is being loaded for the trip to the Lancer's museum.

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