All About Italy (USA) - - Ed­i­to­rial - Sveva Riva

It took all the pas­sion of the Dutch spe­cial­ist Riva World and its pro­pri­etor San­dro Zani as well as the pa­tient ded­i­ca­tion of var­i­ous ex­perts to re­launch the fastest model ever built in Riva’s his­tory: the unique Riva Aquarama Lam­borgh­ini.

Built by the Riva ship­yards in Sar­nico from 1962 to 1996 in a lim­ited se­ries of 789 ex­em­plars, the Riva Aquarama is con­sid­ered a myth of Ital­ian ship­build­ing. It was cer­tainly no ac­ci­dent that the acute and trained eye of Fer­ruc­cio Lam­borgh­ini was at­tracted to this rare jewel of the sea in 1968 to the point where he not only bought one, but also ne­go­ti­ated with Carlo Riva, the founder of the brand, to in­stall two V12 en­gines in the place of the stan­dard V8s. The founder of the cel­e­brated car man­u­fac­tur­ers in Sant’agata Bolog­nese, true pro­tag­o­nist of its birth and the ini­tial phases of its ex­tra­or­di­nary his­tory, Fer­ruc­cio Lam­borgh­ini was a strong and suc­cess­ful man with clear ideas, and had no fear of plung­ing into the un­known: as, for ex­am­ple, tak­ing the same en­gines mounted on the 350 GT, the first model pro­duced by Lam­borgh­ini in the 1950s, and ex­per­i­ment­ing with them on the open sea.

Ac­cel­er­a­tion and peak per­for­mance wor­thy of the story of both Riva and the brand of the Bull.

In three months, a unique ex­em­plar with ex­cep­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics saw the light, unit­ing the high qual­ity of the ma­te­ri­als and con­struc­tion of the Riva’s hull with the 700-horse­power pro­vided by the two Lam­borgh­ini en­gines, and pro­duc­ing a dream for all yacht­ing afi­ciona­dos.

This ex­clu­sive ex­em­plar of the Aquarama, bear­ing the pro­duc­tion num­ber “278,” was de­liv­ered to Fer­ruc­cio Lam­borgh­ini in the spring of 1968 and in­scribed in the naval regis­ter of Venice. Fer­ruc­cio’s pas­sions were thus not lim­ited to lux­ury cars but also in­cluded a leg­endary speed­boat whose traces were lost af­ter the death of its owner in 1993. The fastest Aquarama in the world, with a top speed of 48 knots in­stead of the 40 knots of the se­ries mod­els, had in fact re­mained aban­doned for years in stor­age far from its mem­o­rable feats on the sea. This state con­tin­ued un­til a Dutch col­lec­tor tracked it down, bought it and re­stored it to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion af­ter three years of pa­tient work by Riva World, in which the wooden boat was re­paired, sanded, pol­ished and then treated with at least 25 coats of paint, with its par­tic­u­lar chro­matic de­tails re­stored and its in­te­ri­ors brought back to life with new up­hol­stery and fin­ish­ings cre­ated in faith­ful re­pro­duc­tion of the fa­mous Riva de­sign.

The great­est dif­ficulty was met in restor­ing the orig­i­nal V12 Lam­borgh­ini en­gines, and this oper­a­tion suc­ceeded only with the help of Lam­borgh­ini, which pos­sesses a V12 4.0 from the 350 GT in its “sea­wor­thy” ver­sion ex­hib­ited in the mu­seum in Sant’agata Bolog­nese that al­lowed for the re­con­struc­tion of the char­ac­ter­is­tics and mod­i­fi­ca­tions car­ried out by Fer­ruc­cio Lam­borgh­ini on the boat en­gines. Lino Morosini, the man­ager of Riva’s en­gine depart­ment for 45 years and the “fa­ther” of the Aquarama Lam­borgh­ini, also fur­nished a pre­cious con­tri­bu­tion in adapt­ing the V12 en­gines with a cool­ing sys­tem us­ing water in a spe­cially de­signed closed-cir­cuit sys­tem.

The Riva Aquarama boasts a unique har­mony of el­e­gance, lux­ury and de­sign that nat­u­rally caught the trained eye of Fer­ruc­cio Lam­borgh­ini in the 1960s.


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