An important milestone has been achieved in the classic Indian automotive history. Yes, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's car has been restored and unveiled to the public by President Pranab Mukherjee.
The restored car is a Wanderer W24 Sedan which was used by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to escape from the British house arrest in 1941. The car was said to be driven from Kolkata to Gomoh railway station(Jharkhand).
The Wanderer W24 was unveiled to the public on the day that marks the 76th anniversary of the escape and the 60th anniversary of the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata. The car was restored with the help of Audi dealership in Kolkata.
Originally, Wanderer was an independent brand and was a part of the Auto Union group in Germany, which also included brands such as Horch, DKW and Audi. But on some Wanderer cars, Audi brand was used before the World War II.
Subhash Chandra Bose's Wanderer W24 car was a part of the escape of the freedom fighter from the house arrest to Delhi. Bose was disguised as an insurance agent and his brother Sisir Bose was behind the wheel during the escape.
Later Sisir Bose used the car and drove it for many years until it was handed over to the Netaji Research Bureau. The restoration was done by Sisir Bose's son Sugata Bose and the car will be displayed at the NRD in Kolkata.
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