Image source: www.netaji.org
Audi has been commissioned to restore the Wanderer sedan in which Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose escaped from his ancestral home while under house arrest imposed by the British Government in 1941.
The car belonged to the Indian National Army founder and was driven by his nephew, Sisir Kumar Bose, from Kolkata to Gomoh in Jharkhand during the ‘great escape’. Last driven by Sisir in 1971 while shooting a documentary for the Films Division, the Wanderer remains a fixture at Netaji Bhawan, Subhash Chandra Bose’s ancestral home which currently serves as a museum, archives and library for the Netaji Research Bureau.
Since the Wanderers were built by Auto Union, an immediate predecessor of Audi, the Bose family has picked the German car maker to carry out the restoration process. “They have now started painting, changing old parts etc. All we want is to increase the longevity of the car which has great national significance. We want it to be able for a drive over small distances like 100 or 200 metres,” says Kartik Chakraborty, secretary of the bureau.
The restoration process is expected to finish by December this year.