The Riva Aquarama Lamborghini was built 45 years ago for and commissioned by Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the Italian sports car brand. The fastest Aquarama in the world is once again ready to cast off after being restored to original condition.
For years the rare runabout was stashed away in the corner of a boatyard, hidden from the world.
Enthusiasts were aware of the existence of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s Riva Aquarama, but didn’t know where the legendary sports boat was after its owner passed away in 1993.
Few years ago Dutch Riva collector tracked it down and now in 2013, three years after restoration work on the Aquarama Lamborghini began, the boat is back to life in its original condition thanks to Riva World.
The Riva Aquarama Lamborghini uses twin Lamborghini V12 engines from the very first Lamborghini ever created: the 350 GT.
“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, owner of the Dutch Riva restorer, whotravelled to Italy on a regular basis during the past three years. “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…”
Two Lamborghini 4.0 V12s produce each 350 hp and are equipped with six twin Weber carburetors (twelve in total). Together they give the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini a top speed of around 48 knots, 8 knots more than regular Aquaramas that Riva fits with twin V8 units as standard equipment.