Fifty years ago, Italian yacht manufacturer Riva began production of the Riva Aquarama, a runabout so gorgeous and powerful it was described as "the Ferrari of the boating world." That must have inspired Ferruccio Lamborghini to say "Fuck that noise, I can do it better." And better he did.
Now, Old Man Lambo's Aquarama has been fully restored after having been stashed away in the corner of a boatyard and spending three years getting refurbished by Dutch specialist Riva World.
This is no ordinary Aquarama, if there ever was such a thing. The one commissioned by Ferruccio 45 years ago features Lamborghini V12 engines from the very first Lamborghini ever created, the 350 GT.
Developed by the late great Bob Walace, the resulting supermotor has 700 horsepower and a top speed of 48 knots, or about 55 mph. That trumps the 40 knot top speed achieved by lesser Aquaramas, which were powered by twin American V8 engines. New boat engines were installed with the help of the Lamborghini Museum:
“One of the two original engines from the Riva can still be seen in the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum in Italy, but unfortunately wasn’t available for sale for this project,” explains Sandro Zani. “That is why we bought two other V12 engines, one of which in the US, and converted them so they would be fully suitable for use in a boat. Thanks to the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum, we were allowed to disassemble and re-create various original parts of the original engine in the museum. In addition, Lino Morosini, who 45 years ago was head of the Riva engine division and one of the fathers of the Aquarama Lamborghini, provided us with additional information with which we were able to adapt the twin V12 powerhouses, water-cooled via specially designed closed circuit, so they were completely in line with the original specimens.”
In addition, the boat's hull was repaired and given 25 layers of clear coat, the wood interior was refurbished, the seats were repaired, and all buttons and switches have been brought up to like-new condition.
Best boat ever? Yeah, best boat ever.
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