Riva Aquarama. An Italian 1960's...
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BRIEF HISTORY - 'Rolls-Royce of the Sea', 'Stradivarius of Boating' are just some of the phrases that have been used to describe the Riva Aquarama. The Riva Aquarama will forever be worshiped. In 1962, Carlo Riva introduced the Aquarama series of new fast runabouts. This fast bi-motor had so much charm and elegance that she was compared with Rolls-Royce and Ferrari. Riva had redesigned his top-selling Tritone naming it the Lipicar, producing a boat perfectly adapted for family water sports. Riva's RR and export manager Gerard Kouwenhoven suggested the name Aquarama instead. The Jet-Set quickly made the boat Europe's status synmbol. Power options were a pair of 185-hp Chris-Craft engines or 220hp Riva V8s. Later, the boat size increased to 8.25m and was powered by two 220hp engines. The boat could sit eight persons at a speed of 75km/h. In 1966, The firm presented the Super version that is 8.45m long because of the bigger gas tanks necessary for the new 320hp engines. A total number of 288 boats were built in the world.