Riva - Collectors' item to be had: Ferruccio Lamborghini's legendary unique Riva Aquarama Lamborghini sports boat is for sale

For true Riva enthusiasts and connoisseurs, now is the chance to acquire the unique and fully restored Riva Aquarama Lamborghini. Built nearly 50 years ago for and commissioned by Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the superb Italian sports car brand, it is the fastest Aquarama in the world. The current owner has decided to make this unique sports boat available to a new owner.

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Years after the death of its proprietor in 1993, this unique launch seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth until the current owner, a Riva collector from the Netherlands, tracked down Ferruccio Lamborghini's Aquarama Lamborghini and had it fully restored to its original condition by Riva World, a world-renowned specialist in the restoration of Riva boats. The restoration took three years, long enough to put the sports boat back to its original condition, down to the smallest detail. 

One-off Riva 

The Iconic Riva Lamborghini was registered and delivered on the 7th of June 1968 to its famous owner Ferruccio Lamborghini. The boat included a few specifically unique features. It was the first and only one fitted with twin Lamborghini engines and had special side railing for holding on to during waterskiing and record attempts. The engine compartment was modified to fit the engines and a special open exhaust was built just to meet Ferruccio's demands. 

20 years of ownership 

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Ferruccio owned this boat for more than 20 years, until he decided to sell it to his close friend Angelo Merli in July 1988. Several speed skiing records were broken and naturally as exponent of Italian craft and design, Ferruccio was very passionate about his Riva as a lifestyle statement – just maybe even as passionate as he was about his famous Lamborghini Miura. 


The restoration was extensive and comprehensive: 

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    The wooden hull was repaired and sanded down
  • The hull was given no fewer than 25 layers of varnish
  • The wooden interior was restored
  • The seats were reupholstered in the illustrious Riva design
  • All buttons and switches were disassembled, repaired and reinstalled
  • All chrome parts were polished and shine again like new
  • Lamborghini's Riva was equipped with impressive twin Lamborghini V12 engines, originating from the very first Lamborghini ever produced: the 350 GT.

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Sandro Zani of Riva World: "We rebuilt the two original Lamborghini V12 engines so they would be fully fit for use in a boat. In addition we had access to the specific parts from the original engine in the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum. Lino Morosini who 45 years ago was head of the Riva engine division and co-designer of the Aquarama Lamborghini gave us advice, whereby we were able to bring the twin V12 powerhouses fully in line with the originals." 

Another valuable source in that area was Lamborghini's legendary former test driver and developer, Bob Wallace, who provided the Riva World team with input for getting the two Lamborghini engines ready for maritime use. 

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The two Lamborghini 4.0 V12s, each with 350hp and equipped with six twin Weber carburettors (twelve in total) with a rev range between 700 and 5,000 rpm and a formidable torque that is already available from around 1,500 revs. Together they give the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini a top speed of around 48 knots, compared to 40 knots for regular Aquaramas that Riva fits with twin V8 units as standard equipment. 

One-of-a-kind collector's item now available 

Last year, the legendary Riva ran on Lago d'Iseo a number of times with Carlo Riva at the helm, founder of the famous brand and the man whom Ferruccio Lamborghini commissioned to design and build this unique sports boat. Thanks to Riva World, this one-of-a-kind Riva Aquarama Lamborghini has been fully restored to its former glory. To the great joy of all maritime connoisseurs as well as aficionados of the famous car brand that is Lamborghini. 

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The Riva Aquarama Lamborghini can be seen at Riva World in Uithoorn, close to Schiphol. All the boat's original documents are still available as well as fully documented historic details. 

Impressive video footage of the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini on Lago d'Iseo: www.rivalamborghini.com 

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