Mankato Magazine

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Familiar Faces

Interview & Photos By Tanner Kent

One hot lot Unique Specialty & Classics a haven for car hobbyists

Jeremy Thomas opened Unique Specialty & Classics in June of 2006.

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here’s no car lot in this area quite like the one at the corner of Victory Drive and Stadium Road in Mankato. Each day, rare and classic cars representing the very best of automobile manufacturing are put out on display, like sirens calling to the oil-smeared gearhead in all of us. Their tailfins cut through the prairie wind, their whitewall tires reflect the sun. It’s hard for passing drivers to resist craning their necks to get another look at the goods. Owner Jeremy Thomas gets to spend a lot of time with these beauties, and he doesn’t take it for granted. After a lengthy career in new car sales, he’s made the switch to classics and isn’t going back. 10 • June 2012 • MANKATO MAGAZINE

MM: When did you open Unique Specialty & Classics? JT: Unique was opened June 1, 2006. MM: What prompted you to open the business? JT: It had always been a goal of mine to have my own dealership. I spent nearly 15 years in the new car business. The knowledge gained from that, coupled with my passion for classic cars, really helped make it come together.