30 Classic Cars Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

30 Classic Cars Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a classic cars business in 2022?

We put together 30 of the best classic cars businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other classic cars businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a blog ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,721
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio about 4 years ago, a blog.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Case Study

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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2. Start a digital magazine ($600K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000 — $800,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$666
Skills

Drew Williams from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started SWAGGER Magazine over 15 years ago, a digital magazine.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Case Study

Honestly, the idea started as a hobby.

When I started the blog in 2007, it was meant to be an alternative to the major men’s magazines on shelves because the magazine industry still hadn’t fully accepted the fact that everything was going digital and that print would be dying a slow and painful death. I wanted men to have access to cool guy things online, as well as dating advice, with a focus on realistic male acquisitions instead of focusing on things your average guy could not afford. Promoting the "fake it till you make it mentality".

I had worked for a magazine called Performance Auto and Sound Magazine pasmag.com, so I had in-depth knowledge about the business from a print perspective.

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3. Start a car rental business

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $583,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$25,000
Skills

Examples of a successful car rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a car rental business ➜

Case Study

We are Taylor Hood and Gretchen Bayless, founders of ROAMERICA. A company that specializes in adventure vehicles, including 4wd campervans.

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4. Start an auto parts shop

How Much Can You Make?
$45,000 — $600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,000
Skills

Examples of a successful auto parts shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto parts shop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an auto parts shop ➜

Case Study

Hey everyone! My name is Mitchel Matthews and I am a 22-year-old entrepreneur. I am the owner/founder of Adrenaline Offroad which is an eCommerce store for aftermarket vehicle accessories! We mainly focus our expertise in the realm of automotive LED lighting accessories. Our products are built for a person who will endure hardcore offroading situations with their vehicle all the way to people who attend multiple shows per month in their show trucks! Some of our most popular products being our RGB+W underglow/rock light & LED wheel ring lights. In just over a year of quitting my job to pursue my passion for truck mods full time, I am so beyond proud & excited to be making 5x the amount of money that I used to make per month!

Pictured above is our most popular bundle kit called “The UFO GLOW Bundle Kit”

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5. Start an antique and classic auto dealership business

Examples of a successful antique and classic auto dealership business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a antique and classic auto dealership business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an antique and classic auto dealership business ➜

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6. Start a flip and sell classic cars business

Examples of a successful flip and sell classic cars business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a flip and sell classic cars business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a flip and sell classic cars business ➜

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7. Start an online classic car forum business

Examples of a successful online classic car forum business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online classic car forum business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online classic car forum business ➜

8. Start a classic car restoration business

Examples of a successful classic car restoration business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car restoration business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car restoration business ➜

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9. Start a classic car reality shows organization business

Examples of a successful classic car reality shows organization business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car reality shows organization business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car reality shows organization business ➜

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10. Start a classic car speculator business

Examples of a successful classic car speculator business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car speculator business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start a software program for classic cars business

Examples of a successful software program for classic cars business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a software program for classic cars business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a software program for classic cars business ➜

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12. Start a classic car insurance business

Examples of a successful classic car insurance business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car insurance business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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13. Start a classic car hire service business

Examples of a successful classic car hire service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car hire service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car hire service business ➜

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14. Start a classic car valeter business

Examples of a successful classic car valeter business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car valeter business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car valeter business ➜

15. Start a classic car club business

Examples of a successful classic car club business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car club business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car club business ➜

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16. Start a billboard rentals business

Examples of a successful billboard rentals business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a billboard rentals business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a billboard rentals business ➜

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17. Start an auto financing business

Examples of a successful auto financing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto financing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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18. Start a classic car shows organization business

Examples of a successful classic car shows organization business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car shows organization business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car shows organization business ➜

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19. Start a classic car storage business

Examples of a successful classic car storage business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car storage business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car storage business ➜

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20. Start a classic car collection business

Examples of a successful classic car collection business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car collection business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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21. Start a car washing and detailing business

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$500
Skills

Examples of a successful car washing and detailing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car washing and detailing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a car washing and detailing business ➜

Case Study

My name is Josh Belk and I’m the founder of Belk Mobile Detailing. Belk Mobile Detailing is a mobile automotive detailing business in Springfield, Missouri. We come directly to our customer’s homes to make their vehicles look new again. I’m currently a co-owner in the business, with the other owner being my brother Austin.

We have four main types of customers that use our services: professionals, business owners, busy moms, and people looking to sell their vehicles. Our business has been generating an average of $8,000 over the past 12 months and detailing 60-80 vehicles per month.

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22. Start a lubricant oil retail shop

Examples of a successful lubricant oil retail shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a lubricant oil retail shop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a lubricant oil retail shop ➜

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23. Start a classic car products affiliate marketing business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful classic car products affiliate marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car products affiliate marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car products affiliate marketing business ➜

Case Study

Thanks Starter Story, it is my pleasure to be here on your esteemed platform. My name is Jitendra Vaswani - founder of BloggersIdeas.

Currently, I have a portfolio of 35+ niche websites and I am making $150k+ per year from them in profits.

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24. Start a 3D car printing business

Examples of a successful 3D car printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D car printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D car printing business ➜

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25. Start a battery reconditioning business

Examples of a successful battery reconditioning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a battery reconditioning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a battery reconditioning business ➜

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26. Start a classic car parts manufacturing business

How Much Can You Make?
$202,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful classic car parts manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car parts manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car parts manufacturing business ➜

Case Study

My name is Jerome Bulkan and I graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato Minnesota with a degree in business. My technical background is in aviation and risk management. Together with my brother Andy, we started manufacturing European license plates in my parent's garage back in 1987.

While our products are custom license plate replicas and not originals, car collectors and prestigious automotive museums trust us to manufacture years of manufacture for their show cars. We also support American Museums like Henry Ford and have donated 1939 District of Columbia license plates to finish the restoration of the 1939 Lincoln presidential limousine use during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. Henry Ford proudly presents our license plates of historic American automobiles.

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27. Start a garage organizer business

Examples of a successful garage organizer business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a garage organizer business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a garage organizer business ➜

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28. Start an auto interior shop

Examples of a successful auto interior shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto interior shop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an auto interior shop ➜

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29. Start a classic car auction business

Examples of a successful classic car auction business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a classic car auction business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a classic car auction business ➜

30. Become an auto locksmith

Examples of a successful auto locksmith:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto locksmith:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an auto locksmith ➜

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