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1935 Diamond-T 211-AD Deluxe One-ton Stake Bed Pickup
Restored beautifully, hard to come by truck
Veed two-piece windshield and sweeping skirted fenders
236 CID JXA Hercules six-cylinder engine
Three-speed manual transmission
Red exterior with brown interior
Bright chrome accent panel and full array of gauges
Oak bed with stakes
“A truck doesn't have to be homely,” C.A.Tilt the founder of Diamond T always claimed. We have to agree with Mr. Tilt as the Diamond T's are the Cadillac of all Trucks! With a sales slogan of “The Handsomest Truck in America” Tilt copied passenger car styling in every way, including such innovations in the truck world as a veed two-piece windshield and sweeping skirted fenders.
We are very proud to present one of these handsome Diamond-T trucks that are very hard to come by. This 1935 Diamond-T 211-AD Deluxe stake bed truck that has been beautifully restored by a previous Diamond-T collector.
Dressed in red, the truck's paint and trim are in remarkably good condition, considering their age, however there are small blemishes at close inspection but overall this truck stands beautifully. Handsomely built, the truck features a vee-d chrome grille, chrome front bumper, split windshield and flowing fenderlines commonly found on cars of the era.
That windshield and the rest of the truck's windows are in overall great shape while its lights are in good condition.
Overall, the truck's bodywork is straight and solid, the front bumper fits tightly to the body. And the truck rolls on Denman wide whitewall tires, size 8.50-20, at all four corners. Instead of wooden artillery wheels or simple steel rims topped with wheel covers, this Diamond features six-spoke, body-colored metal wheels with small chrome center caps, another break with conventional 1930s truck wisdom. The truck is equipped with wipers but is missing the right side arm. Out back is an oak bed with side stakes that looks fantastic.
Under the hood is a 236 CID JXA Hercules six-cylinder engine buttoned to a three-speed manual transmission. In 1926, Diamond T changed from the Hinkley 4 cylinder engine to the stronger Hercules 6 cylinder flat head engine with a 4-inch bore and a 5-inch stroke. The new Hercules engine had special aluminum connecting rods although cast-iron pistons were retained and had a staggering 60-horsepower.
Inside, the truck's brown bench seat is in very good order while its headliner is in decent condition. The factory three-spoke steering wheel is present and in good order but the standout is the instrument panel but the fuel gauge is inoperable. With its bright chrome accent panel and full array of gauges, including a clock, the panel is quite eye-catching and a surprise find on a workhorse like this.
“Trucks don't have to be homely,” is a tagline that Charles Arthur Tilt, who founded Diamond T, often told his employees.
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.
Late in 1927 and 1928 Diamond T made a drastic change. Putting his theories to work, Tilt evolved a range of stylish medium and heavy-duty vehicles which consistently out-sold competitors during the lean depression years. In fact hard times produced record sales for the Chicago manufacture while the rest of the industry couldn't switch to the raked and veed radiators and windshields fast enough. Tilt demonstrated that customers for trucks were like everyone else, in liking a little sizzle along with their steak, so did truck drivers. No mistaking that.
Tilt pulled off a Cinderella of sorts in reshaping Diamond Ts though this isn't to say that the pre-Cinderella models were the “ugliest ducklings” in the truck world. A flair for styling backed by a sound engineering and a good finish were important elements in a campaign, which pushed Diamond T sales to its heights in the 1930s.
The decade and a bit between, say 1928 to 1940, saw big changes at Diamond T. In fact the company's Golden Years in my estimation. The interval marked a change in the status for the Chicago manufacturer. The Diamond T had been “just another make” in pre-styling days, but the new emphasis on appearance pushed the firm in to the front ranks of the industry and Diamond T never looked back. Styling became an important selling point. The trucks were no longer advertised as “The Nations Freight Car”, but as “The Handsomest Truck in America”.
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.
Competitors to this Diamond-T in 1935 included Chevrolet's Master series pickup truck, Dodge's KC pickup truck and Ford's Model 67 pickup.
If you're interested owning the Cadillac of Trucks, appreciate Depression-era vehicles or just want something different, you owe it to yourself to bid and win this stately and stunning Diamond-T 211 pickup!
Vehicle is located in Missouri, USA. Bidder/Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping from this location to wherever they want it shipped to.