Riva Olympic (1969 – 1983)
Named after the Mexico Olympics of 1968, the Olympic was introduced in 1969 to replace the Super Florida. Its design was similar to the Junior in many respects, albeit that the sides were painted in transparent varnish. The last wooden motorboat to be designed by Cantieri Riva, the design of the Olympic did not evolve over time, and all boats were the same length, 6.55 metres. Although it continued to be produced until 1983, the majority of the 274 production run was built prior to 1975. Nearly all Olympic boats carried 220 or 270 hp Riva badged engines
With the same design concept as the Junior (the type can be defined as ”multi-purpose”, called ”utility” in America). Thus Riva Olympic has many uses: as a tender or to take the whole family for an outing, for bathing or fishing, for water skiing or for hire. Creating from a mature design, with refined details, it fought off the fiberglass competition with few modifications until 1979. The upholstery was turquoise and cream, with cream ribbing. The mahogany dashboard and VDO instruments underlined its continuity with the Super Florida. The windscreen and glass were of a new type starting from # 62. From # 147, in 1972, lever switches were fitted and the starter button was protected by a rubber cap. From # 150 the Olympic used the new type of VDO instruments, those designed for the fibreglass Rivas, and the simplified deep-center wheel.
From # 194, the last of 1973, the upholstery was blue and cream Skai. From # 199 of 1974 there was a new design of sunbed and from # 205 there was wide-rib upholstery for cushions, backrests and side panels. The fuel filler cap was flush with the decking from # 240 of 1977. To conclude, the last versions of 1979 were fitted with new control levers and identification plates for the lever switches.
This is Special Edition of the Riva Olympic Boat Model, 100% hand built by artisans from scratch using “plank on frame” construction method. Riva Olympic model is handcrafted from beautiful wood such as rosewood, mahogany, teak, and along with various other exotic wood. The hull is handmade using a plank on frame method, hollow inside, each strip of exotic wood are carefully join together to form a smooth hull . This model is completely hand built to spec by skillful and creative master craftsmen; you will be amazed at how real it looks. The ship has a lustrous color of white and varnished red wood on the side of the hull. On the top, you can spot gorgeous glossed red and natural wood trims along with others amazing details. You can easily discover the eye-catching details such as: white/blue leather seats, colorful navigation gauges, shiny metal steering wheel, metal horns, metal control consoles, metal rails surrounding the boat, clear windshield with metal frames and much more. All these designs and detailed ornaments and chrome brass fittings contribute to the luxurious wooden Riva Olympic. In addition, a detachable wooden stand comes standard with this model. Our model was built according to scale through original plans, pictures and drawings. This model is carefully packed with 2 thick layers of Styrofoam for damaged free shipping purposes. Our Riva Olympic model comes ready to be display.