Two iconic Italian Names


Carlo Riva and Ferruccio Lamborghini both full of passion and extremely driven to create the best in their field, joined forces in early 1968 when Ferruccio ordered a new Riva Aquarama.

This Aquarama would be fitted with a pair of Lamborghini V12’s modified for marine use by the Lamborghini factory, starting a second career for these fantastic engines. Riva custom designed and built the exhaust system with open pipes according to Ferruccio’s request.


The restored Riva Aquarama sports two Lamborghini 4.0 V12 with six twin Weber carburetors punching 350 bhp, making for a top speed of 48 knots (55 mph, 89 km/h) compared to the 40 knots (46 mph, 74 km/h) of V8 Aquaramas. The restoration team also had the input of Lamborghini’s former test driver and developer, Bob Wallace, who passed away in 2013. With his help, the engines were adapted for marine service and made to rotate in opposite directions to eliminate prop walk. After restoration, the Aquarama was taken to Italy and put through its paces under the eye of its creator, Carlo Riva on Lago d’Iseo, where it was built.


A unique all Italian Riva Aquarama was born, Hull #278. Now FOR SALE.

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Visit the site of Riva-World is based in Uithoorn, Holland and specialized in show quality restoration of the legendary Riva wooden boats. Custom projects like this Riva Aquarama Lamborghini and a Riva Aquarama serving as a tender on a newly delivered Feadship yacht, are just two of our unique deliveries. This Riva Aquarama Hull #278 is a milestone in the boating industry, built with passion and instantly becoming a Myth.

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Our Team

Fabio and Carlo

Fabio and Carlo


Fabio Lamborghini and Carlo Riva. Two men without whom restoration would have been impossible.

Sandro Zani

Sandro Zani


Blessed with unique technical skills on keeping Riva's alive. Reconstructing the Riva Lamborghini was unforgettable!

Adriaan de Vries

Adriaan de Vries


Reconstructing a dreamboat. The Riva Lamborghini is fully restored and better than new!

Francesco Merli & Davide Messina

Francesco Merli & Davide Messina

Former Owner and Discoverer

Davide Messina discovered the boat being in the possesion of the Merli Family. He established the contact between the current owner and Francesco Merli.

"A man who likes creating things."

Ferruccio Lamborghini

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Year of Birth


Finding treasures

Finding treasures

Reconstruction of the Riva Lamborghini started shortly after discovering the boat in an old rural depot.



Finding a treasure does not mean that the project on reconstruction starts. At first, we had to own the boat.



After agreed upon the price, long hours of planning were ahead of us. What should be done and how do we bring Hull #278 back in great shape.



Finally we knew our way. The boat was stripped. Numerous hours of labor were put in, and bit by bit the Riva Lamborghini came alive. We had help from Riva and it's suppliers as well contacts and very important, the Lamborghini Museum helped us with the technical specifications for rebuilding the engines.

The Launch

The Launch

Hull #278 feels water again. The reconstruction is finished and the boat was re-launched under supervision of the master himself, Carlo Riva. In company with Fabio Lamborghini.

Enjoy the sound

Journal of Special Hull #278

Legendary Riva with Lamborghini engines

The Riva Aquarama Lamborghini was built 45 years ago on behalf of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the beautiful Italian sports car brand. The motorboat is the fastest Aquarama in the world and was completely restored in the Netherlands into its original state. A Dutch Riva collector found the boat and had it restored by Riva World in Uithoorn. The project lasted a total of three years, bringing the Aquarama back to its original form. The wooden hull was restored, sanded and no less than 25 varnish coatings were applied.

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One-off Riva

The Iconic Riva Lamborghini was registrated and delivered on the 7th of June 1968 to its famous owner Ferruccio Lamborghini. The boot had some specific and unique features. It was the first and only one fitted with two Lamborghini engines and it 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

For over 20 years Ferruccio was the owner of this boat until he decided to sell the boat to a close friend in July 1988 named Angelo Merli. Several speedskiing records were broken and off course Ferruccio was very passionate about his Riva as part of his lifestyle and exponent of Italian craft and design, maybe even just as passionate as he was about his Miura.


All original documents of the boat are still available as well as a full historic documented overview.

Ferruccio Lamborghini’s Riva Aquarama restored

When you hear the word “Lamborghini,” you tend to think of land, not water, yet the car maker has a page in one of the most famous chapters of boat design. After a three-year effort, Dutch Riva has announced the successful restoration of a piece of maritime history: Ferrucio Lamborghini’s Riva Aquarama speedboat.

In production from 1962 to 1996, the Riva Aquarama was the crowning achievement of the darling of the Jet Set, Italy’s Riva boat works. Founded in 1842, Riva started out making ferries, but soon graduated to racing boats. After the World War II, Carlo Riva saw the company’s future in luxury speed boats and almost came to blows with his father over his vision. Making a hallmark out of high-end craftsmanship, he pushed his meager capital to the point of securing six V8 engines from the American Chris-Craft company, who wanted to sell him a minimum of fifty, but by being economical with the truth, Carlo managed six by claiming that Italian law would only allow him to import six engines at a time and there was nothing he could do about it.

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