We look back at some of the best efforts to blend automotive and nautical design, from Bugatti to Skoda
The recent news that Mercedes Benz Style is nearly ready to launch its eagerly awaited Silver Arrows Marine 460GT got us thinking.
This trend for bringing supercar styling onto the water seems to be becoming more and more popular recently, but how many of them actually make it onto the water?
The short answer is, not that many, but does it really matter? Maybe we should be flattered that so many illustrious car manufacturers want to borrow a bit of nautical cool.
And perhaps it cuts both ways, after all boat designers have always taken a few styling ideas from the automotive world.
To get a better idea of what these designs all have in common (apart from flat-out speed), we’ve brought together six of the best from over the years.
Click on the gallery below to see our favourite supercar motorboat crossovers and don’t forget to comment and let us know which one you’d most like to own.
Silver Arrows Marine 460GT
Four years in the making, the 460GT is finally nearing completion with the first hull wrapped up and ready to deliver.
Bugatti PJ63 Niniette
Designed in partnership with US superyacht yard Palmer Johnson, the Niniette bears the nickname of founder Ettore Bugatti's daughter Lydia.
Aston Martin AM37
Currently under development by Southampton-based Quintessence Yachts, the AM37 has perhaps created the biggest stir of all of these designs when the first renders were unveiled at Aston Martin's HQ last April.
Riva Ferrari 32
And here's one that actually got built! This 1990 collaboration between Riva and Ferrari is going up for auction at Sotheby's May event in Monte Carlo. Expected price: £135,000.
AMG Cigarette 50 Marauder
A mainstay of the US racing scene, Cigarette Racing has had a very fruitful partnership with Mercedes' tuning house AMG, with a new model launched every year at the Miami Boat Show for the past five years.
Okay, this 2015 design was an April Fools' Day joke, but you've got to hand it to Skoda for their sense of humour: “Available with a 6-speed gearbox, which makes tricky gear changes in the marina a thing of the past.”