One-off Riva Aquarama Lamborghini on the water after three-year restoration

Riva Aquarama Lamborghini is the fastest Aquarama ever built, capable of 48 knots

The fastest Riva Aquarama ever built has returned to its spiritual home of Lake Iseo in Italy after a three-year restoration by specialists in Holland.

Hull number 278 was commissioned in 1968 when Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the eponymous car brand, convinced Carlo Riva to build him an Aquarama fitted with a pair of his company’s V12 engines.

The result was the most torqued-up Aquarama ever built, the one-off Riva Aquarama Lamborghini.


In 1993, the boat’s then owner passed away and the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini ended up rotting away under a tarpaulin and stashed in the corner of a boatyard.

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It was eventually tracked down by a Dutch Riva collector who commissioned Riva-World, based in Uithoorn in the Netherlands, to completely restore the boat.

One of the Aquarama’s original engines was on display at the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum so couldn’t be used, so Riva-World got hold of another pair of V12 Lamborghini engines from the famous 350 GT and marinised them for use in the boat.

The newly relaunched Aquarama Lamborghini is now capable of 48 knots from its twin 350hp lumps, giving it a top speed 8 knots in advance of the standard V8 Aquarama.

You can see a video of the boat in action on Lake Iseo here.

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