Vintage 1960s Riva Junior set for London Boat Show auction

Ferretti Group dealer Ventura will be running a sealed-bid auction for this vintage 1960s Riva Junior at next month’s CWM FX London Boat Show

In a real treat for vintage boat enthusiasts, Ventura will be auctioning off a 1967 Riva Junior at next month’s London Boat Show (9-18 January).

The Ferretti Group dealer is conducting a sealed-bid auction on Stand A429 throughout the ten-day event at London’s Excel Centre, and it should be hugely popular.

Last year’s classic boat auction at the London Boat Show saw a 1964 Riva Ariston go under the hammer, with the eventual winner paying around £100,000.

This year’s vintage 1960s Riva has added appeal for classic cinema fans, as silver screen star Brigitte Bardot owned a Junior during the swinging 60s.

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The 19ft model going up for auction comes with a cover and a two-wheeled Balbo trailer. Powered by a rebuilt 180hp Crusader 5L V8 inboard petrol engine, she boasts a top speed of more than 40mph.

Hull number 148 out of 600, she has been fully restored with all the original upholstery and fittings intact.

Provided that the reserve price is met, the winning bid will be announced on the closing afternoon of the 2015 London Boat Show.

Don’t forget your chequebook to be in with a chance of owning this vintage 1960s Riva Junior.