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These are the best cheap cars to flip for a profit

The key to an effective car flip is, in theory, simple: “buy low, sell high.“If you’ve ever flipped a car, you know it’s not as easy as it sounds. However, unless you understand market trends and identify the models that buyers are looking for the most, you are likely to buy a car that proves to be a tough sell.

The most profitable car flip transactions are often made in the supercar and classic car segments. Although supercars are expensive from the start, some recent limited edition models like Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and even Mercedes can be sold at a significant profit. Classic cars are distinct, so be sure to check out iconic vehicles such as classic Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaro or Bel Air models. If past performance is any indication, one of these cars should be a good bet.

Successful car pinball machines must know the Used vehicles market in their area, where to find undervalued cars for sale and how to get them quickly and legally. They should also know how long it is permissible to keep a car unregistered and when frequent sellers must obtain dealer licenses. However, if you’re just starting out, you’ll no doubt want to know which cars are the best to flip for a profit. Based on how easily reproduction components are available, we’ve compiled a list of the easiest cars to restore.

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8 1964-1970 Pontiac GTO


1970-Pontiac GTO
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Pontiac may be long dead, but its legendary performance lives on; the bigger, bolder, more powerful GTO dominated the drag strips in the 1960s. Today, the classic Pontiac GTO has a plethora of aftermarket replicated parts available online. However, due to the limited production of the car, some of these parts may still be prohibitively expensive.


1964-'70 Pontiac GTO
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Originally purchased in August 2018 for $20,000, this 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible was sold on BaT in December 2021 for $28,500. Its paint was stripped, the body was primed and a satin black vinyl wrap with gloss black stripes was applied to the body. The wheels have been refinished and the trunk floor has been painted to match the rest of the vehicle.


7 1965-1970 Chevy Camaro


Chevrolet-Camaro-1970
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Camaros are still made today, but they are not as popular as the first generation of the car. These Chevrolet Camaros were powered by big-block V8 engines that produced 295 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The 1969 model had a top speed of 135 mph, which was remarkable for muscle vehicles at the time. The car is reliable, fun to drive and has the potential to be turned into a powerful muscle machine thanks to the vast performance aftermarket. These are just a few of the reasons why Camaros make up over 80% of classic car autocross vehicles. They are reasonably priced and simple to fix!


1965 Chevy Camaro
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On BaT, a 514-mile LS3-powered 1968 Chevrolet Camaro was listed and sold for $120,000 in January 2022. The seller purchased the car in late 2020 and then refurbished it with work that included painting and refinishing. updated frame, suspension, brakes and interior.

6 1965-1970 Volkswagen Beetle


Volkswagen Beetle
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The Volkswagen Beetle is the most popular car in the world. It was the most produced Volkswagen model and ranks second in the world for production of any car. More than 21 million Beetle were manufactured worldwide during the 65-year production cycle of the air-cooled Beetle. Locating air cooled VW Beetle spare and replacement parts is quite easy. One of the advantages of a Beetle engine is that it is simple and easy to repair, as well as relatively inexpensive to replace. If you’re not sure what to look for when buying a classic Volkswagen, bring a trusted mechanic with you.


Volkswagen Beetle
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This 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle was sold for $28,500 on Bringatrailer.com a few weeks ago. During the refurbishment, which began in October 2018, the bodywork was removed and dent and rust repairs carried out before being repainted in its current Marina Blue hue. Body moldings, running boards, weather stripping, rear window, quarter glass panels and window seals were all changed at the time.

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5 Mid 50’s Chevy Bel Air

Of course, something like a 1950s Chevy Bel Air will always be in high demand because they sum up an era. Fortunately, many Tri-Five models (especially the 150, 210, Bel Air and Nomad) have been built, making replacement components very easy to find.


Mid 1950s - Chevy Bel Air
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This 454-powered 1966 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Sedan was bought for $20,000 and sold for $25,000 on Bringatrailer.com in June 2021.


1955 Chevy Bel Air
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The car was previously listed on BaT in May 2020, and the seller says additional services include repair of the steering box, rebuild of the rear differential and installation of a Denny’s driveshaft.

4 196-1967 Sunbeam Tiger


1964 Sunbeam Tiger
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It’s not a typical choice for a classic car, and getting ownership is like pleading guilty and providing an explanation. However, if you mention that Carroll Shelby had a hand in designing this Cobra-style package and that it’s powered by an American V8 that you can work on in your own garage, people tend to pick up on the situation.


1964 Sunbeam Tiger
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This 1964 Sunbeam Tiger was acquired for $50,500 on BaT in April 2020 and sold for $62,000 on 02/12/22. Work on the suspension and braking system, removal and cleaning of the fuel tank, as well as the installation of a replacement four-barrel carburetor, an aluminum intake manifold, a system dual exhaust with headers, were all done before it was sold.

3 1970s MG MGBs


MG MGB from the 70s
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With over 500,000 MGBs sold, it is the most popular British sports car in history. Bodywork from British Motor Heritage Limited, however, may be the secret weapon for MGB repair. Buy one, a rusty donor car, and replace all worn or damaged components and trim as needed. It is one of the easiest cars to restore.


MG MGB from the 70s
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This 1974 MG MGB was acquired on BaT in May 2020. The seller carried out a subsequent 16-month refurbishment in October 2021, then sold for $15,759 two months later. The refurbishment included rebuilding the 1.8-litre inline-four, four-speed manual transmission, repairing the bodywork, painting the car orange, replacing worn brake and suspension components and restoration of the black vinyl interior with a new one.

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2 1965-1970 Ford Mustang


1965 Ford Mustang
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Remarkably, almost all of the parts used on these half-century-old cars are still manufactured and can be purchased at an affordable price. A classic Mustang project is a great way to get started in restoration with this kind of parts support, along with a library of how-to books and countless internet forums on how to rebuild them. The Mustang will never go out of style, so a restored Mustang will always be in demand when it comes time to sell it.


1965 Ford Mustang
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This 1965 K-Code 4-speed Ford Mustang convertible was acquired at a BaT auction in June 2020 for $56,000 and sold for $60,501 on 02/09/22. Before the sale, the service included a tune-up as well as the replacement of the battery, the passenger side mirror and the tires.

1 1970-1974 Dodge Challenger


Dodge Challenger 1972
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One of the most famous cars of all time, the 1970 Dodge Challenger served as a spur to the growth of its successors and competitors. Launched in 1970, this vintage beast laid the foundation for the Challenger series for years to come. So it’s easy to see why these cars are so coveted now, whether you want to buy one that’s been repaired or restored or just a rolling chassis you’re willing to work on before flipping it for a profit.


Dodge Challenger 1972
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According to conceptcarz.com, the lowest sale value for a 1974 Dodge Challenger is $6,000. This 1972 Dodge Challenger Rallye 340 in fair condition was sold for $34,500 on Bringatrailer.com on 12/22/21. The seller purchased the car in April 2021 and has since rebuilt the brakes and radiator, refreshed the suspension and replaced the carburetor, fuel pump, spark plugs, wheels and tires. Chrysler’s E-Body cars were created with one goal in mind: to put the company’s biggest engines under the hood. The end result was the incredible Dodge Challenger with a Hemi engine. No matter what model you own, companies like YearOne can supply you with all but the hardest-to-find parts for your restoration.


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