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.
Two iconic Italian Names
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Journal of Special Hull #278
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.
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.
... working with Riva
"Nothing beats cruising the Italian Lakes in a wooden Riva”
Adriaan de Vries, Owner
"From start to finish, restorating the Hull #278 was an unforgettable experience!”
Sandro Zani, Restoration