Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
7/31/18 10:49 a.m.

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Story and Photos by Tim Suddard • Illustrations by Sarah Young

Turning a car into cash isn’t that hard: You simply put it up for sale and take the first offer that comes your way.

Getting top dollar for that sale, though, can take some extra work. It’s why so many classics–especially projects–are sold for less than their owners would have liked.

A little while back we stumbled upon a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger that seemed like a good deal. While the seller was willing to part with it, he hadn’t done any preparation for that sale. The car didn’t run, was full of junk, and sat crammed into the corner of a garage. In other words, it was a total mess.

We had found a great deal for ourselves, but there’s something here for all of us: This was a great opportunity to show how much proper preparation matters when selling a car. So we snapped up this Tiger with the express purpose of documenting the process of purchasing, prepping, and selling a car–hopefully for a profit.

Last issue we examined the dos and don’ts of that initial sales transaction. Now it’s time to look at how we got our new prize cleaned, running and ready to fetch top dollar. Don’t think you can do this? You’d be surprised: In the end, this stage of the project didn’t require much time or money–just a weekend and about a hundred dollars. We expect to be repaid several times over for these modest expenditures.

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