It was in 1941 that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose made his escape from his ancestral home in Kolkata where he was under house arrest by the British Government. It was in a Wanderer W24 car that this escape was undertaken in which Netaji drove from his residence at Elgin Road to Gomoh railway station in Jharkhand and from there on by train to Delhi. It was to mark the 76th anniversary of this historic event that the Wanderer W24 was unveiled while also marking the 60th anniversary of Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata.
Present at the presentation ceremony were West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathy besides Sugata Bose and Netaji’s grand-nephew. A flag was unfurled on the bonnet of the restored Wanderer W24, while the President also spoke highly about Sugata’ father Sisir Kumar Bose who drove Netaji out in this historic vehicle.
The 1939 Wanderer W24 sedan itself was refurbished and restored to its 1941 look by Krishna Bose along with automobile major Audi. A team of mechanics from Audi Kolkata commenced work on the sedan in May 2016. Bearing the registration number BLA 7169, the sedan was painted and worn out parts replaced so as to enhance the longevity of the car which once held great national significance.
Wanderer W24 is powered by a 1767cc four cylinder engine offering 42 hp power at 3,500 rpm mated to a 4 speed manual transmission. It has a top speed of 108 kmph while fuel tank capacity stands at 40 liters.
Since its historic journey, the Wanderer W24 has been on display in a glass enclosure at the Netaji Bhavan under the watchful eye of Netaji Research Bureau.