The Riva Aquarama Special was designed by Carlo Riva in the 1960s. The Riva is noted as one of the most legendary and famous speedboats out there. We offer this Aquarama Special as a FULLY ASSEMBLED model ready to be proudly display as a piece of history. Master craftsmen handcraft these highly detailed wood models from scratch using historical photographs, drawings and original plan. They are built to scale with high-grade wood such as: western red cedar, rosewood, and mahogany. The models are 100% hand built individually using plank-on-frame construction method and are similar to the building of actual boats. Each Riva boat model requires hundreds of hours to finish and must go through a demanding quality control process before leaving the workshop. This is truly beautiful model of the Riva Aquarama with nature wood color and mahogany hull. You can see there are multiple tones of wood decking on the bow. You also can find exquisite details from the leather works to all the realistic gauges. All fittings such as windshield frame, wiper, navigation lights, mirror, flag pole are made of stainless steel. The cockpit has two hand stitched individual leather seats as well as a rear passenger seat. The swimming platform also comes with stainless steel hand rails. The model rests on a wooden stand for easy display.
The Riva Aquarama Special was a luxury classic motor boat built by Italian yacht builder Riva. They made Riva Lungo, Super, and Special from 1962 until 1996. The hull of Riva was based on the Riva Tritone, an earlier model speedboat by Riva, which in turn was inspired by the American mahogany Chris Carft runabouts. The boat’s speed, beauty, design, and craftsmanship earned it praise 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. The Riva Aquarama’s 8.02 – 8.78 metrer hull was sheathed in mahogany and varnished to accentuate the beauty of its natural wood grain. All versions were twin engines, with top speeds of 45/50 knots depending on engine choice. Power varied from 185 hp to 400 hp per engine, 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. Here are some Riva were designed and quantity after the Riva Tritone
- Aquarama (1962–1972) Total built 281
- Aquarama Lungo (1972) Total built 7
- Super Aquarama (1963–1971) Total built 203
- Aquarama Special (1972–1996) Total built 27