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This is perhaps the prettiest hull ever created - 1963 Riva Ariston Building No. 527 of totally 1012 pcs - as original as you can get a over 50'years old Riva to be.
The original engine Crusader (283 Chevy small block) original V8, last service this year and in a very nice condition overall. Full history of owners, etc. are included.
The boat is stored dry and fine in a private barn.
We will provide you with needed details or answer to your questions. We can also coordinate transportation to new buyer. We are open to realistic offers and possible trades. Do not hesitate to contact me for a nice Riva conversation.
Remind you that we can coordinate transportation, ocean freigt and customs handling world wide.
Rivas History (from www.riva.com):
Riva’s history dates back to 1842, when Pietro Riva began building boats at Sarnico, a small northern Italian town on the shores of Lago d’Iseo.
By the 1930s, by which time the business was managed by Pietro’s grandson, Serafino, the company was a leading manufacturer of small racing boats, many of which he raced himself. At the same time, it began building pleasure boats.
In the 1950s Serafino’s son Carlo transformed the business. After a considerable struggle with his father to realise his ambitions, he created wooden boats of such exceptional style and elegance that they surpassed anything his competitors produced.
Through a great deal of hard work, and some very clever marketing, the Riva brand became a worldwide legend courted by screen stars, royalty and businessmen alike. Famous owners included Brigitte Bardot, pictured here on her Super Florida, Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers and many more besides.
It is remarkable to think that Carlo Riva evolved the hull design, that is found in modern boats today, not by using high technology, but simply leaning over the bow of his boats and watching how the water parted. A classic example of this evolution is to look at how the bow of the early boats moved from being virtually vertical to much more angled as it meets the water.
Carlo also helped develop the technologies necessary to build his boats by way of wood laminates, varnishes, chrome plating and construction methods. In addition there was the masterly development of the Riva Crusader engines which were eventually at the heart of driving his craft forwards.
In the early 70’s a number of things conspired against Carlo and his passion for perfection. Firstly, there was the increasing militancy of the labour force in Italy as a whole – which Carlo managed to avoid by treating his staff far better than most – but which eventually, in the end encroached, on even Carlo’s workforce. This proved too much for Carlo and philosophy and so he looked to sell the business, to a foreign owned company, to counteract the unionisation.
The second was the advent of the new fibreglass boats now being built in numbers from the late 60’s. Fibreglass was seen as being significantly lower in maintenance time and cost, much lighter – allowing small engines yet maintaining the power to weight ratios, and it could be moulded into exotic shapes which were popular at that time.
There was also the increasingly important question at this time as to the availability and sustainability of the quality timber needed to build wooden craft.
All these factors, and others, had an impact on Carlo and as a result, in the early 70’s, he sold the Riva boatyard to Whittaker’s – a U.S.A company. A succession of owners have then since owned the boatyard, including Vickers who at the time owned Rolls Royce, however, the yard continued to steadily fall into decline through the late 70’s and 80’s.
Today the firm is owned by the Ferretti Group who have re-invigorated and re-invested in the marque with many new Riva models being created embracing both new and old materials, technologies and traditions.
Alongside the Aquarama, the Ariston is perhaps Riva’s best known model, considered to be the purest classical Riva shape, and certainly one of its most popular.
The Ariston was available in three different versions. The ‘normal’ Ariston, 804 of which were built between 1950 and 1972, was supplemented by the more powerful Ariston Cadillac in 1956-7, nineteen of which were built. This, in turn, was superseded by the Super Ariston in 1960, which continued to be produced until 1974; these can be distinguished by their larger engines (275 – 350 hp) and a wooden ‘gunwale’ around the rim of the bow deck.
Originally fitted with a two part screen this was later changed to a wrap-around styled screen that enabled a folding hood to be fitted.
The upholstery was chequered black and white with a yellow trim. From boat number 235 the chequed fabric was replaced by the famous Zebra patterned upholstery with green trim. A new dashboard and instruments were fitted together with the “Ariston” logo. Side pockets and a semicircular plexiglass retaining tray were also added and in 1960 the driving seat was made to fold flat. In 1962 the Zebra upholstery was further replaced, with a similar style to that of the Tritone, using ivory coloured ribbing with pastel green trim.
In 1968 the fore deck was modified featuring a raised edge, or gunwale, which improved the look of the fore deck itself and provided a non-slip security for those using the fore deck area. The deck inlay was also changed to being just down the centre section.
Following experimentation with the deeper “V shaped” bottoms, in the 1966 and 1967 series, the new Riva Crusader engine was then installed.
When production ceased in 1974, twenty-four years after the model was first conceived, over 1,000 boats had been built. Over this period, many modifications were made, not least its length – which ranged from 6.2 to almost 7 metres – and the size of the single engine fitted, which ranged from 105 hp to 350 hp in the Super Ariston, powerful enough to take it to a top speed of 80 km/h.
This boat can be inspected with prior notice only at Aker Yachts, Oslo, Norway.
Please advise further interest.
Nora Tunås Bratteng
P: +47 94259019
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.