In 2005, I acquired a very rough B20. It was a car that had belonged to my old friend, Walt Spak in Pittsburgh, who had the car under cover since 1975. Walt and I had been Aurelia pals that far back with many talks trying to figure out the most interesting of the six B20 series. With little knowledge of the earlier cars, we settled on the s.2 as having a linkage to the competition cars, odd little tail fins, and the earlier 2L motor and suspension. Mind you, we had never seen one.
Then I found an ad in a club newsletter for an s.2 for $1200; It had been abandoned in 1963, and sat since then. Walt agreed to go get it, but after seeing photos of this rusty hulk, I had second thoughts, so Walt bought it from me. Some thirty years later, I bought it back. It was midnight and we'd had a bit to drink.
The restoration was total. Having done a B24 convertible several years before, it was clear that this would not be an easy restoration. The earlier cars (then and still now) are very thin here in the US, and finding all the parts and getting the detailing right was key. A good s.2 in Switzerland, belonging to Alred Tschudin, was critical as a baseline for the work.
The story of the restoration has been compiled in a small booklet (aurelia-restoration ) which is available for on-line printing. Below are some photos of the work. The car had been driven from Chicago to NYC in the early 1960s, blown up its engine, and been abandoned since then. So while it had only about 10 years of use (1952-1962), it had a hard life. The bones of the structure were quite good, once you saw past the condition. So we stripped the entire car, dipped it in epoxy primer (never again, rust!), and rebuilt it carefully. It took about 3 years, with a maiden outing in 2008. It then took a few more years to get it to be reliable, but finally everything settled in and the car happily did the Colorado Grand in 2015, and I took it on a 3,000 mile trip to the East Coast and back in 2106.