When Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose planned his great escape to Jharkhand’s Gomoh railway station in 1941 to finally reach Germany, it was supposed to be this four-door German Wanderer W24. Many, many years later, in his remembrance, after Audi got in touch with him, the historic German Wanderer Sedan stands silent witness on his 125th birth anniversary.
Netaji had used the ‘Audi Wanderer W24’ that sets in motion one of the most daring experiences of India’s freedom fight, which transported him from his Elgin Road residence to Gomoh railway station in then Bihar 16 January 1941 to reach its stop a day later.
the country is commemorating the 125th birth anniversary of India’s freedom legendary Subhas Chandra Bose with much fanfare with the car that took him from his residence to catch the Kalka Mail to Delhi, was restored to its 1941 look by automobile giant Audi with the initiative of Netaji Research Bureau (NRB), Kolkata.
Back in 2017, the former President late Pranab Mukherjee had revealed the iconic German Wanderer Sedan, which Netaji had used to dodge the British intelligence and police officers who kept him under a strict house arrest. He had managed to pursue this escape on the rear seat of the vehicle in the intermediating night of January 16 and 17 in 1941, disguised as Mohammad Ziauddin.
According to the information available, Netaji meticulously planned the great escape with his nephew Sisir Kumar Bose, who was driving the Sedan for him. Adding more to it, Netaji was known to be the first Indian to own an Audi in the country. Sisir Bose proceeded to drive the vehicle until 1957.
The 1937 Wanderer W24 has a 1767cc, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 42 hp at 3500 rpm, which could take it up to the best speed of 108 kmph. The engine was mated to a four-speed manual transmission with a wheelbase of 2600mm, a width of 1645mm, a height of 1600mm, and a length of 4280mm. Under the 1937 Wanderer, lied a fuel capacity of 40-liters and a ground clearance of 200mm.
Of the many freedom fighters who placed their lives for the sake of the country’s cause, Subhas Chandra Bose is one of those that is fondly recognized. His death is defaced with mystery, however, much of what he did truly encouraged generations of Indians to arrive. This year, the central government has renamed Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti as ‘Parakram Diwas’ that will be glorified on his birth anniversary, January 23.
PM Narendra Modi was in West Bengal to pay homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Jan 23, 2021. He maintained that an obliged country would always commemorate his sacrifice and devotion for its autonomy.
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