Widely considered the “Cadillac of pickups”, Diamond T pickups are typically not inexpensive. Or, usually they aren’t, this 1949 Diamond T Model 201 seems like a relative bargain. This solid project pickup is on eBay with an unmet opening bid of $8,500 and there is no reserve. These trucks in nice original or restored condition can easily bring $40,000 to $50,000 or more, sometimes much more. This truck is being sold by the famous Volo Auto Museum in Round Lake, Illinois. And, if you haven’t been there yet, it’s quite a destination.
This truck looks solid, and it is for the most part but like all of us it has its weak points. But, look at that commanding grille! When you drive this truck you knew that you were in charge, the king of the hill. The box on this Model 201 is also pretty solid but you’ll have work to do as you would expect with a vehicle that’s almost seven decades old.
Green? Could this have been a green truck at one point? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any other color than red for a Diamond T Model 201, other than a couple of yellow ones that may have had a color change. Did they offer the Model 201 in colors other than red? This is a California truck so the rust is limited on the body, and other than the seat there isn’t much to deteriorate on the interior.
This isn’t the original engine, which is unfortunate because it’s the one that was totally rebuilt. But, the original engine does come with the sale for those folks who are concerned with numbers matching parts and pieces. This truck deserves a full restoration, in my opinion. If the reserve stays around the opening bid price of $8,500, this is a no-brainer for a flipper. It’s hard to argue with an $8,500 vehicle that’s worth $50,000+ after restoration and is in as solid shape as this Diamond T is. What’s this Model 201 worth as it sits now? $10,000? $15,000? More? Would you restore this one or just get it working and drive it as it looks now?