Diamond T Truck For Sale, C.A. Tilt built his first car in 1905, and therefore the name he used was Diamond T, an equivalent as his father’s shoemaking business. The diamond indicated quality, and “T” was for his surname .
Tilt made cars that would carry three passengers until about 1911, when a customer asked Tilt to create him a truck. Tilt soon learned there have been more bucks in trucks, so he quit producing cars. Diamond T had its best year in 1936, when the Chicago company sold 8,750 trucks. C.A. Tilt often said, “A truck doesn’t need to be homely.”
Over the 56-year history of the corporate , about 250,000 stylish Diamond T trucks were sold. White Motor Co. bought Diamond T in 1958 then merged it with their Reo Division to make the Diamond Reo Division. The last of the Diamond T trucks were inbuilt the 1966 model year.
When owner Lawrence Siegel was in highschool , he was a car nut. He and a buddy wont to attend the car and truck dealers in and around Emeryville to seem at the new vehicles and collect their brochures. “When I saw the Diamond T, I said, ‘That is that the ultimate truck. Someday, I’m getting to have one.’ it had been love initially sight.”
“Someday” happened three years ago, when Siegel saw a billboard in Hemmings Motor News for this 1948 Diamond T pickup, model 201.
“I saw the ad, called the owner, and that we made a deal. The truck was in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.” Siegel paid $35,000 for his Diamond T pickup, sight unseen.
It’s appropriate for Siegel to require this antique truck as he and his wife, Sarah, own Cuesta Antiques in Lafayette. He uses it as a daily driver and to hold antiques for his or her store.
The original engine for Siegel’s truck was a 91 HP, 236 C.I. Hercules L-head engine with a three-speed Warner transmission. A four-speed “granny” low speed transmission was also available as an option.
It now features a 350 C.I. Chevy V-8 engine with a floor-shift, four-speed Hydro-matic automatic drive .
It also has power-assisted steering and brakes. When new, the worth of this 1-ton pickup was $1,275 for the chassis, $215 for the cab and $165 for the body for a complete of $1,655 (about $16,600 in today’s dollars). By comparison, a Ford 1-ton truck would cost a few of hundred less, and therefore the better-selling Ford half-ton was $1,232. With most workers driving Ford and Chevy pickups, within a corporation the Diamond T would simply be called “the boss’ truck.” it had been commonly referred to as “the Cadillac of trucks.”
C.A. Tilt insisted his Diamond T trucks offer style from the get-go. His trucks were quite simple work trucks. Red paint was used on the wheels, and sheet with accent striping was utilized in the cab. The deluxe model had fancy hub caps and there was chrome steel framing round the split “V” front windshield. all sides of the windshield might be cranked open for ventilation. Siegel believes that Diamond T actually lost money on the trucks it sold, because the primary business was larger commercial trucks, but they were good for the company’s image.
Siegel has invested a further $35,000 within the Diamond T, making his total investment about $70,000. There was considerable work to be done once acquired.
“The only thing that looked an equivalent was the paint job and therefore the bumpers,” he said. “I did everything electrical, some engine work, new jets for the fuel injection system , new tires, hub caps, which were very tough to seek out , new authentic Diamond T seats, reconfigured the exhaust, some painting on the tailgate and located the right badges. I also put sideboards on the pickup bed and installed new glass all the way around.”
Siegel did a number of the work himself and had much of it professionally done by Orinda Motors. It’s hard to place a particular market price on this truck as there have been only 7,000 of this model produced from 1938 to 1949. This truck is number 4116, and Siegel thinks its value might be as high as $160,000.
While the owner doesn’t consider his truck a show vehicle, it’s unusual and always gets attention, sometimes winning awards in various local car shows.
Siegel said he has no decide to ever sell the truck, on the other hand he had no decide to sell his antique 1926 Studebaker Taxi, the sole other collector car he has owned. He explained. “One day a man comes in and says ‘Do you would like to sell it?’ I didn’t, so I named a ridiculous price, and he said, ‘I’ll take it.’ “