Classic pickup trucks are generally narrowed down to Ford, Chevrolet, GMC or Dodge, with a few outliers such as Studebaker or International. Rarely does the discussion come around to the “Cadillac of trucks,” the heavy-duty Diamond T.
The Pick of the Day is a 1949 Diamond T 201 pickup, from the final model year, that has had a complete “body-off-frame restoration,” according to the St. Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com.
“The desirable 1949 Diamond T 201 pickup featured here is finished in stunning Red with Black fenders over a white-and-beige interior and diamond-plate-steel running boards,” the seller says in the ad.
Power is provided by the correct 3.9-liter Hercules inline-6-cylinder engine linked with a 4-speed manual transmission. The mileage shown on the odometer is just 23,683, although there is no indication in the ad whether that is original mileage or since restoration.
With their bold, pre-war styling, these rugged trucks are highly charismatic examples of working machinery. They look ready to tackle the toughest jobs, from hauling lumber or machinery at the worksite to transporting supplies for the Forest Service.
The Diamond T 201 is also a fairly rare truck, with just 7,000 examples built, and they have become increasingly popular among collectors, especially those who love and understand such purpose-built vehicles.
The interesting brand name comes from the company founder, C.A. Tilt, who took the T from his own name and prefaced it with “Diamond” to signify value and hardiness. Tilt started out making touring cars, but Diamond T later became synonymous with tough trucks. They were pressed into duty during WWII by both the U.S. and British military.
This Diamond T looks splendid in its red-and-black livery, with a large, gleaming chrome grille and hood accents. The truck also rolls on very solid-looking artillery-style wheels, which add to its macho appearance along with the diamond-plate running boards.
The interior looks quite spartan, as befitting such a no-nonsense vehicle, although it does come equipped with the optional cabin heater. The windshield sections can be vented via a pair of chrome hand cranks.
The truck has been recently serviced, the seller adds, and comes with “restoration photos, copy of the engine manual, copies of the Diamond T care and operation manual, copy of the transmission manual, service manual copy on CD and a parts catalog.”
“One of the best examples to be found on the market today!” the seller declares.
The asking price for this eye-catching pickup is $34,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.