Friday, 14 December 2018

Viva forever - the original Riva

A LIVING marine legend with a great name from the world of motoring — the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini — has

A LIVING marine legend with a great name from the world of motoring — the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini — has been fully restored to its original condition.

Built 45 years ago for, and commissioned by Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the Italian sports car brand, the fastest Aquarama in the world is once again ready to cast off.

For years the runabout was stashed away in the corner of a boatyard, hidden under an old tarpaulin and above all, hidden from the world.

Enthusiasts were aware of the existence of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s Riva Aquarama, but didn’t know where the legendary sports boat was after its owner died in 1993. A Dutch Riva collector tracked it down and had it fully restored to its original condition by Riva World, a world-renowned specialist in the restoration of Riva boats.

Now in 2013, three years after restoration work began, the boat is back to life in all its splendour and magnificence.

Riva World didn’t accomplish this overnight. Sandro Zani, owner of the well-know Dutch Riva restorer, travelled to Italy on a regular basis over the past three years, including visits to the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum, in order to document all the details and elements of the original, before beginning the extensive restoration.

The project took around three years in total, during which the Aquarama was returned to its original condition from top to bottom. The wooden hull was repaired, sanded and no fewer than 25 coatings were applied.

The wooden interior was repaired and the seats were reupholstered in the famous Riva design; all buttons and switches were disassembled, repaired and reinstalled; all chrome parts shine again like new.

The Lamborghini’s Riva also received a new beating heart — twin Lamborghini V12 engines from the very first Lamborghini ever created: the 350 GT.

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