1948 Diamond T 201 Deluxe 1-ton Truck


We are in a truck mood today at Vintage Kraft. Diamond T is a WWII-era American car and truck manufacturer that is relatively unknown (at least to me). But they did make some cool-looking trucks in the late 30s-40s.

The Model 201 Deluxe is one of two trucks they made and damn, is it a baddass vintage truck if I ever saw one. And you can never go wrong when “Deluxe” is part of your name. This particular example has obviously been through a thorough restoration finished off in two-tone Diamond T Red and black exterior, a delicious tan simulated leather bench seat, and a big-ass steering wheel that would make any bus driver proud.

The signature look is spearheaded by a ginormous multi-bar chrome grille. With it’s classic lines, art-deco design, muscular good-looks and functionality, this is one rare and well-done truck any car enthusiast could love. It is offered up for sale via Hemmings for $52,500 and is located in Missouri.


Year: 1948
Make: Diamond T
Model: 201 Deluxe
Engine: heavy-duty 7-bearing 236 cid 6-cylinder QX-series
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: unknown
Price: $52,500


As rare as one will ever find is this very special and unique 1948 Model 201 Diamond T one ton truck. This stunning vehicle is considered the Cadillac of Trucks. Built as tough as nails, it’s one of the most stylish heavy-duty pickups ever designed! Production ran from 1938-1949, and to find one of these vintage Diamond Ts in this immaculate condition is an amazingly rare opportunity! This specific vehicle is completely restored and runs strong and drives great!

Engine/Drivevtrain: heavy-duty 7-bearing 236 cid -cylinder Super-Service engine, rated at 91 HP, L-head engine design by Hercules. New period correct wiring harness. 4-speed Warner T-9 transmission, (4 forward, 1 reverse). Full floating axle and optional 62 MPH rear end. Factory X-frame built for extra strength and durability under heavy load stress. 4-wheel hydraulic brakes. Single exhaust w/chrome extension.

Interior: Fully restored, tastefully done back to factory specs (absolutely gorgeous color pattern!). Brown simulated leather bench seat. Original 3-spoke steering wheel. Factory overhead storage compartment. Gauges include 70 MPH speedometer, oil, amp, temp and fuel.

Exterior: Finished in Diamond T Red, w/black fenders and white pinstriping. Wind-out two-piece windshield. Stainless steel grille. Passenger side utility box located just below passenger door. Diamond T hood ornament. Chrome driver’s side mirror. Foglamps. Hardwood oak bed w/polished stainless strips. Oak side rails. High show chrome front bumper, black rear bumper. Brake lights. Metal spoke wheels finished in black and Diamond T Red mounted w/7.50-16 widewhite wall 4-ply tires! Rare Diamond T insignia hubcaps found on only a few existing Diamond T trucks today.

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