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Old 12th September 2016, 11:33   #1
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A car, which was used by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, is being restored. The car is a 4-doors sedan, built by Wanderer - a German manufacturer. Audi has been given the job of carrying out the restoration by the Indian freedom fighter's family. The work on the car is expected to be completed by December.

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The Wanderer, bearing registration number, BLA 7169 was used by Netaji to travel from his ancestral home in Kolkata (West Bengal) to Gomoh (Jharkhand) in January 1941, with Sisir Kumar Bose - son of Netaji’s elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose at the wheel. The leader had then been placed under house arrest by the British government.

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Sisir Bose drove the car again in 1971, while shooting for a documentary of Films Division. This was the last time the car was driven. At present, the Wanderer is parked at Netaji's ancestral home - Netaji Bhavan.

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According to Kartik Chakraborty, secretary of the Netaji Research Bureau (NRB), Audi has started painting the car and changing old parts. The car has great national significance and the bureau wants to increase its longevity. The car was displayed to the public, but never driven on the roads. Mr. Naga Sundaram, a staff member of the bureau who used to drive it, passed away. The bureau wants to to be able to drive the car over short distances of 100 or 200 metres.

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Wanderer, the company that had built the car, was established in 1896 and started building cars in 1903. In the early 1930s, the company became a part of Auto Union. Its Siegmar plant was destroyed in 1945 during World War II. Efforts to restart production after the war failed.

Source: The Hindu

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The news is soothing for all who know about it and all who have seen this car sometime or the other. It had been crudely painted and though it looked presentable, it lacked the original 1930's restoration and finesse. We are sure it will look much better with a classy job done.

These pictures clicked by me, were featured by me on this thread post # 2. Karl follows with post # 3 naming the car properly. And follow-up by predatoronwheelz at post # 23:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...-india-10.html (Vintage and Classic Cars on Display in India)

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Continuing the thread, Honorable President is about to unveil the restored car:

https://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/pr...145528654.html
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Looks great after restoration..honourable President also took a ride:

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/pi...e/20170118.htm
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Here are the pictures for easy viewing
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And a couple of more pictures. Is the car in working condition or a static display? I do hope it is displayed at the upcoming Statesman rally in Calcutta.

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