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Vintage model of a Riva Aquarama Speedboat with Cream/Blue Interior 20th Century

Vintage model of a Riva Aquarama Speedboat with Cream/Blue Interior 20th Century | Ref. no. 09533fWI | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 09533fWI
Price: £ 0.00
This is an exceptional handbuilt model of the “Riva Aquarama”, a luxury wooden launch built by the Italian yacht builder Riva, dating from the late 20th century.

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This is an exceptional handbuilt model of the “Riva Aquarama”, a luxury wooden launch built by the Italian yacht builder Riva, dating from the late 20th century.

In production from 1962 to 1996, the Aquarama was the most famous of Carlo Riva’s luxury designs and has the reputation of being the Ferrari of the boat world. It takes its name from its wraparound windscreen, which is reminiscent of the Cinerama film format that was popular in the 1960s.

This impressive speedboat is built to scale 1;10 and mirrors the original model which was built in mahogany. It has been beautifully polished to a fine gloss with chrome parts and real leather upholstery in white and blue celeste colour.

The model comes with its original stand.

It is of the highest quality and is ready to grace a special place in your home.

 
Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

 




Dimensions in cm:

Height 17 x Width 26 x Depth 91

Dimensions in inches:

Height 7 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 3 feet

Our reference: 09533fWI

The Riva Aquarama is a luxury wooden runabout built by Italian yachtbuilder Riva. Production of it and its derivatives (the Lungo, Super, and Special) ran from 1962 until 1996. The hull was based on the Riva Tritone, an earlier model speedboat by Riva, which in turn was inspired by the American mahogany Chris-Craft runabouts. The boat's speed, beauty, and craftsmanship earned it praise as the Ferrari of the boat world. The company was founded by Pietro Riva in 1842, and run by Carlo Riva through its 1969 sale to the American Whittaker Corporation.

The most famous of Carlo Riva’s designs, the Aquarama has become over the decades a nautical legend. Its evocative name, derived in part from the widescreen Cinerama movie format popular in the early 1960s, echoed in its sweeping wrap-around windshield, conjures images from another time.

The Riva Aquarama's 8.02 - 8.78 metre hull was sheathed in mahogany and varnished to accentuate the beauty of its natural wood grain. All versions were twin engined, with top speeds of 45/50 knots depending on engine choice. Power varied from 185 hp to 400 hp per engine, delivered by Riva 'tuned' Cadillac and Chrysler models, among others. On top of the engine compartment was a cushioned sundeck. The boats also carried a convertible roof which retracted behind the rear seat and cockpit. A swim ladder was often mounted in the stern.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 17 x Width 26 x Depth 91

Dimensions in inches:

Height 7 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 3 feet

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