President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday unveiled the restored German car in which Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had made his great escape from his ancestral home in Kolkata in 1941 during his house arrest by the British government.
Netaji had used the 'Wanderer W24' to escape from his Elgin Road residence to Gomoh railway station in Jharkhand to catch a train to Delhi.
The car was unveiled to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Netaji's Great Escape as well as 60th anniversary of the Netaji Research Bureau (NRB) Kolkata.
Wanderer, originally an independent was a part of the Auto Union group in Germany. The Auto Union group also included automakers like Horch, DKW and Audi itself.
Although the Audi brand was used on some cars before the Second World War, all Auto Union car-makers used their own individual brand names until they were all merged into the Audi brand post the war. The Auto Union brand on the other hand was only used on race cars during the late 30s and were famous for it's mid and rear engine designs that took on the mighty Mercedes 'Silver Arrows'.
The President unfurled the flag on car's bonnet. West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathy as well as Sugata Bose and Netaji's grand-nephew were present at the event.