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#1 Ted Bier

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 09:15 AM

Found this on CL for sale.

So what's a Ferret chassis and is this car worth $50?

Thanks!

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 10:20 AM

Ferret was a manufacturer of slot car chassis, active perhaps in the '70s, although there are others who will have better info on that than I do.

Is it worth $50? That is for you to decide, although it would be nice to know exactly what motor is installed as well as other particulars, as the value isn't just in the chassis.

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 10:46 AM

What Greg said! Lots of stuff was sold under the Ferret name, and I still use one of their allen wrenches.  :) 

I don't know about the chassis, but it could have been made and sold under different names... or ...made by/for Ferret. Such is the slot car business. 

 

On the "value," I would have no clue, but it could be that the "right person" sees a lot more value in even something not particularly valuable to most. 

 

Such is the slot car collecting business!  :D


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 11:07 AM

From what can be seen, looks like it has a Mura 'A' (16D) motor with the can-in-can shim; also possibly the hint of a balanced arm. Those motors seem to go for $15-20 on eBay, but agree with above comments on "worth." Havlicek just did a nice post on rebuilding one. 

 

The Ferrets aren't rare, but this one seems in nice shape, at least from the bottom.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 11:17 AM

I would say that is a fair price.

 

Cox guide $5

Cox Cuc front wheels  $15

Mura motor green can $20

Ferret chassis  $15

Misc. parts  $10, maybe more if the body is rare and in good condition.

 

I would buy it just to have the parts for other builds. If the rear tires/wheels are nice those have value, too. Condition plays a big part in this and that's hard to tell from this one pic.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 11:46 AM

I think Chris is more likely correct about the motor. Sure looks like a Mura 16D ('A') with an internal shim. 


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 12:13 PM

Those front wheels have 18 balls in each one :shok: :good: And new tires are available for them.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 12:23 PM

There was a company called SpeedStar, from New York state, that made RTRs and other accessories through the 90s and very eary 2000s. They shut down for a while and moved to Florida and reappeared as Ferret Engineering. I'm guessing that that car is not from the 1990s or that the Ferret companies are related but the coincidences are too close.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 12:39 PM

Ferret has been closed up for about 20 years as both father and son passed away..



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Posted 09 September 2018 - 02:20 PM

Ferret was a manufacturer in the NYC area as I recall. I think they morphed into what was to become "Phase III." Late '60's era...



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Posted 09 September 2018 - 02:20 PM

A few Ferret chassis parts were made and sold as Sargent parts four or five years ago, but I haven't seen them since. I bought a couple inline motor mounts and a brass nose piece at that time. I believe the owner of Sargent was the boyfriend of either the mother or the daughter-in-law. Phil mentions SpeedStar above; there is still an old SpeedStar Distributing website online. It shows mostly Ferret products.

 

It used to be posted that the original Ferret owner invented the first slot car braid-making machine. The chassis shown in post #1 was often shown in the British magazine "Model Cars" during the late '60s and early '70s. As I recall, it was available built, as a kit, left-gear, right gear. brass rod rails, or strip rails.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 03:35 PM

Not a rare chassis at all. Similar to a Phase 111 and Cobra chassis (1969-72 era). Can't guess the price until you show the full motor, let us know if it runs and a top view of the body. A good clean-up and chassis tumble with a strong running motor could bring as much as $75-100.


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 10:17 AM

So Ted, did you buy the Ferret or did it get away?


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 08:49 PM

Martin,
 
Looks like it's currently listed on eBay as part of this lot:
 
Wooden Case with 4 Vintage 1/24 Scale Slot Cars and Accessories
 
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Posted 12 September 2018 - 10:00 PM

Thanks Jim for the heads up, and good spotting. There goes the Cox front wheels I wanted, oh well. :)


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