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Marc's almost Ferret.    (Ver 1)



A few months ago I received the following series of emails from Marc. It is interesting to see how this purchase progressed.

Email 1
You almost have me convinced that I should buy the Ferret that I have found locally. Of course, your site has also made me realize that I will regret the purchase at several points in the future! Anyway, thanks for providing the information. I was having a very difficult time finding anything about Ferrets on the web. I needed a crash course to try and determine if this Ferret was worth a $3000.00 (US) investment. Still undecided but at least I am now armed with a little information. I'll keep you posted and perhaps contribute to your "Ferret Tales" one day. Thanks again.

Email 2
Here are a few photos of the Ferret. As you will see it has no wings or bins but the armor is solid. The engine "ran when it was parked" but who knows now. Do you know approximately how much it would cost to replace the fenders and bins? Also, do you know of a good supplier of Ferret parts here in the States? I am able to find ads for companies that sell Ferrets whole but none for parts supplier.

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Email 3
I wrote you earlier about a Ferret that I have located in the US. I ended up buying it for $1600 (US).

I have a few questions if you don't mind. First, when and where was the Ferret first produced? I have a 1950's model but I am not positive of the year that it was produced. Second, did the French ever produce the Ferret or were any sold to France and modified for their use? The seller says that this is a "French Ferret" with a Mercedes engine. Is this possible or has someone simply modified it themselves? Lastly, what is/are the best source(s) of information on restoring the vehicle? I will need detailed parts lists and diagrams showing assembly and dissassembly.

Email 4
I'm sorry about the long delay in responding to your e-mail. I have not been spending much time on-line of late. I am sorry to say that, in the end, I did not get the Ferret after all. I was told that I had the winning bid but when I tried to arrange to pick up the Ferret I was told that the lawyer handling the sale wanted to hold out for more money. To make a long story short, I refused to pay more than I offered at bid ($1500.00) so it was sold to someone else. My understanding is that Western Resources bought it for $2000.00 but that information came from a middle man so I am not entirely sure of its accuracy. I did end up with an Jeep but that is all. While disappointed I can not get mad at this turn of events because I understand that the money from the sale of the Ferret is going to the minor child of the former owner (who died recently). As far as I can tell the family was simply trying to get as much as they could for him.

You are welcome to use any of the photos or e-mail that I sent to you. I do want to thank you again for all of the help that you rendered during my attempt to buy the Ferret. Hopefully, it will end up with someone who appreciates it.

Respectfully,
Marc
Almost Ferret Owner

 

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