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Synonymous with elegance, class, and premier European craftsmanship, Riva has been one of the world’s leading producers in high quality speed boats since the 1950s. The Riva name dates back through the 1840s, where Pietro Riva began to fashion boats in a small northern Italian town called Sarnico. Pietro’s grandson, Carlo, would be the figurehead of the Riva Speed Boating legend. In the 1950s, Carlo Riva began to produce elegant wooden speed boats of unquestionably superior style and quality.
The Riva Aquarama is the undisputed flagship of Riva’s line. Becoming more than just a boat, the beautiful Riva Aquarama was a social symbol of the highest class, style, wealth, and most notably, power. The Riva Aquarama became the speed boat of Kings, Queens, actors, and tycoons all over the world.
Described as the Rolls Royce of the Sea, and the "Stradivarius of Boating," the Riva Aquarama will forever be a legendary symbol of style and luxury. In 1962, the first series of the prestigious speed boats were introduced as the new fast runabouts with added charm and elegance. The Riva Aquarama is the last of the traditional Italian mahogany runabouts. The name was suggested by Carlo Riva who proposed to combine the two words 'aqua' (water) and 'cinerama' (cyclorama).
The Aquarama was built from the hull of the Tritone, which was at the time the top of the line model of the whole Riva production line. The powerful bi-motor that powers lying within the luxurious Riva Aquarama has been compared to a Rolls Royce automobile with the massive engine of a Ferrari. Power options were a pair of 185-hp Chris-Craft engines or two 220-hp Riva V8s. Equipped with the two engines and fitted with a propeller, its performance became far beyond exceptional.