For Sale: 1948 Diamond T Pickup in St. Louis, Missouri

Vehicle Description

1948 Diamond T 201 One-ton Pickup Truck ?Recent full restoration ?Next-to-last model year for the Model 201 ?One of about 7,000 examples of the Diamond T 201 ?GM 350 CID V-8 crate engine with aluminum intake and Holley carb ?700R4 four-speed automatic transmission ?Vintage air-conditioning, power brakes and split crank-out windshield ?Black exterior and reupholstered gray-and-black interior with dual fold-out windshields ?Original dashboard and gauges ?119-inch wheelbase and 8,000 GVWR ?Side-mounted spare tire and amber fog lights If a unique classic truck with hidden modern conveniences sounds appealing, read on. We have a 1948 Diamond T 201 one-ton pickup here at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. This truck underwent a full nut-and-bolt restoration and is one of about 7,000 examples of the Diamond T 201 model produced and even less still survive today. It has also been upgraded with modern running gear to better cope with contemporary highway speeds. Dressed in shiny black, this truck?s paint and trim are in overall excellent condition, as expected after its restoration. The body is straight and solid, there?s a side-mounted spare tire on the passenger side, complete with Diamond T cover, a pair of amber foglights are perched over the front bumper and the cargo bed sports a wooden floor. A chrome front bumper and a black rear one fit tightly to the body. This Diamond rolls on Firestone Transforce HT tires, size 235/85R16 at every corner and each tire is mounted to a black, steel wheel. The tires and wheels are all in very good order. It has a 119-inch wheelbase and an 8,000 GVWR, signifying that even Diamond?s light-duty trucks were made for heavy-duty work. Under the hood is a GM 350 CID V-8 engine backed by a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission. This trusty combination allows this Diamond T to keep up easily with modern traffic. Driver convenience features include vintage air-conditioning, power brakes and a split windshield with separate crank-outs for each pane. Inside, the gorgeous black and gray cab has a gray split bench seat, black carpet and a gray headliner. A black, three-spoke steering wheel with a gray wrap echoes the rest of the interior?s tone, as do the black and gray inner door liners and the black metal instrument panel with the gorgeous original center-mounted gauges but the fuel gauge works intermittently and the horn, wipers are inoperable. Crank-out windshield panes and a floor-mounted shifter complete the interior. ?Trucks don?t have to be homely,? is a tagline that Charles Arthur Tilt, who founded Diamond T, often told his employees. The truck was based on a unique X-frame undercarriage that added support to the already sturdy chassis, with an I-beam front axle up front, and 13-leaf rear springs. The truck rolled on 16-inch cast-iron wheels. A luxury car-inspired chrome grille, dual fold-out windshield panels and car-like interior appointments were used to appeal to the more ?refined? trucker. Full wheel covers and a running board-mounted spare were also standard equipment. After dabbling with building custom-bodied cars sold locally for a few years, Chicago?s Charles A. Tilt responded to a customer?s request in 1911 that paved the way to a financially profitable future ? could he build a truck? Diamond T trucks soon garnered a reputation for high quality parts and assembly practice. By 1926, Diamond T built vehicles as large as 12 tons, including a six-wheeled variant. In the midst of the Great Depression, features like V-windshields and steel-roofed cabs debuted. After he handily met the federal government?s request for military transportation during World War I, Tilt noted customers? increased speed and comfort demands, prompting him to streamline his truck exteriors and offer features such as air-cushioned tires. Tilt began to bedeck his trucks with chrome trim on the lights and running boards, too, making his competition appear utilitarian to a fault. After considering the ?big picture,? during the 1930s, Tilt was the first to offer a one-year/100,000-mile warranty on his products equipped with ?super service engines? from Hercules. After World War II, Tilt stepped down from president and general manager of the company to chair the company?s board while his younger brother, Ned, replaced him. He led the company through the next dozen or so years until White Motor Company bought Diamond-T in 1958. ?Trucks don?t have to be homely but they can feel like a home? is the complete slogan from Tilt regarding his trucks. If you?re interested owning the Cadillac of Trucks, appreciate Depression-era vehicles or just want something different, you owe it to yourself to stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to check this one out. VIN: W767822 This truck is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 70,506 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!? Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.

Vehicle Details

  • 1948 Diamond T Pickup
  • Listing ID:CC-1506113
  • Price:Contact Seller
  • Location:St. Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1948
  • Make:Diamond T
  • Model:Pickup
  • Odometer:70506
  • Stock Number:210329
  • VIN:W767822

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2340 Cassens Dr
St. Louis, MO 63028
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