Sacramento Public Library

The Batmobile at Big Wheels

8/28/2014
The Franklin Library’s kid-oriented car show will feature a restored 1963 Batmobile that predates the television show.
 
Big Wheels is the Franklin Library’s annual celebration of hard-working and unusual vehicles, intended for an audience of kids of all ages.   
 
Staff at Franklin knew they might have a hard time topping last year’s premiere attraction—an Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. But this year’s event will feature a unique vehicle that now lives right here in Sacramento: the original Batmobile.

Sept. 20, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Big Wheels: Going Places with the Library @ Franklin (family/all ages)
Franklin Library
10055 Franklin High Road


This custom-made concept car was inspired the DC Comics “Batman & Robin” comic books. From 1964 and 1966, it toured Northern states to promote All Star Dairies. But then it disappeared for decades before showing up on eBay in 2008 after being discovered in disrepair outdoors in New Hampshire.
 
In 2013, Mario Borbon, owner of Sacramento-based Borbon Fabrications, and a New York investment partner bought it for $19,000. They put in another $150,000 and 1,800 man hours to restore it—much of it necessary because they couldn’t buy off-the-shelf replacement parts.
 
“Nobody that acquired this car over the years had the money or the guts to fully restore it,” Borbon said.

If you’d like to see the Batmobile—not to mention a Wells Fargo Stagecoach, police vehicles and classic cars from the Compadres Bomb Club—head on over to the Franklin Library… same Big Wheels time, same Big Wheels channel.

Batmobile branded with the Dairy Foods logo.



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