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Mopar cars take center stage during License to Cruise

MOPAR cars took center stage at the Performance Arts Center in Appleton for the License to Cruise event, September 23, 2016. (WLUK/Alex Ronallo)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- The classic car show that kicks off Octoberfest weekend in downtown Appleton is going high-end.

It's the event classic car lovers wait all year for.

License to Cruise brought 400 antique cars to downtown Appleton Friday night, but as beautiful as the vehicles were outside - a special indoor exhibit stole the show.

32 rare cars took center stage in a first event of its kind in Octoberfest's 35 years.

Joe and Jan Wisnet are used to having their car steal the spotlight.

"You don't wanna cause accidents out there, but people, they stare at the car, they point, they blow their horns! They just go nuts when they see it!" exclaimed Joe.

The car is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Only 1,935 were ever made.

Friday the Wisnets gave us a look inside and out.

"It's fast! I love the speed and I love the exhaust, because I love the smell of racing fuel. So it's fun," Jan explained.

This Superbird was one of 32 Mopar vehicles on display at the Fox Cities PAC on the stage and in the lobby for License to Cruise.

"Mopar is a term that's used to kind of encompass Chrysler vehicles. So anything from the Chrysler company: Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Jeep," explained Dan Hoeck the coordinator of License to Cruise.

But these aren't your average Jeep Cherokees. They're worth quite a bit more. All together, millions.

"Value-wise upwards of 20 million dollars," said Hoeck.

That's because they're rare.

"Very low production numbers and low numbers of them that have survived over the years,"Hoeck told FOX 11.

And that's why many of the cars' owners were relieved to show of their collectibles inside. It's safe from the elements.

"It's our baby. We just wanna protect it," said Joe.

The car owners told us it's a dream come true to have their babies literally take center stage at the PAC.

"It's unbelievable. If you would've told me that I would have my car on stage in the PAC center I would've said, 'are you nuts?' No, this is just beautiful. It's great!" Joe exclaimed.

The Wisnets said it's great getting to know their fellow collectors too.

"There's cars I haven't seem from car shows here today. I mean this is unbelievable," said Jan.

Jan told us it's even better having someone to share the experience with.

"You have to kind of like it together and I think because we both enjoy it so much, that's what makes it fun," she said, that and having on heck of a cool car.

Octoberfest is Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. along College Avenue.

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