"It's like 'Where'd this thing come from?'" said Lee Shook, who's making a documentary about the car. "It's a time capsule. It's amazing."
The 1971 Ford Thunderbird is labeled the "Rescue Ship," and three decades ago that's exactly what it was.
In the early 1980s, Willie J. Perry drove the car around Birmingham looking for people who ran out of gas, had a flat tire or otherwise needed a helping hand. The Rescue Ship was an icon, covered with flashing lights and a flashy paint job, and equipped with a record player, toaster oven, and more inside.
"You'll find people are not going to stop for anyone who's in trouble," Perry told a reporter in 1982. "Batman was known for helping people in distress. And that's my image too."