“Rantoul is really coming alive with unique businesses,” Wallace said. “The corner was becoming tired, and (Legendary Motors) came in and did a really good renovation of the building. They made the corner look attractive and inviting.”
Mannetta said he used to work at an auto body shop in the building in the 1970s.
During renovations to the outside of the building, Mannetta restored a part that reveals the year it was built — 1922. The building has served as a showroom in the past, including for Ocean Pontiac in the 1960s, he said.
Most recently, the storefront was used as office space after a muffler and auto repair supplies shop closed.
Pages Auto Body and Restoration by Roy currently operate out of separate garages in the rear of the building.
Most of Legendary Motors’ sales are done online, with many overseas to countries like Germany, Mannetta said.
While he runs the shop full time, he also does civil engineering consulting and auto car appraisals.
He said the business has received a great response since opening.
“This is set up so people can come in an see what we have,” Mannetta said. “A lot of people say they will come back when they win the lottery.”