Ferruccio Lamborghini's Riva speedboat restored

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Ferruccio Lamborghini's Riva speedboat restored

A luxury Riva speedboat once owned by Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini has been restored by Dutch speedboat specialists Riva World.

The Riva Aquarama Lamborghini – to give it its full name – was built 45 years ago as a commission for the then tractor-manufacturing businessman.

It has spent much of its life hidden away from the world, and its whereabouts only came into public knowledge after Ferruccio's death in 1993. It was only then that the boat was tracked down by an anonymous Dutch Riva enthusiast and given to experts at Riva World for restoration.

That was three years ago, and now the Aquarama has been presented in its full magnificence. The restoration project wasn't the work of a moment, either, with the company's owner, Sandro Zani, regularly travelling to Italy and the Ferruccio Lamborghini museum, to ensure all the elements of the original were present and correct.

As befits a speedboat for the man behind the company who arguably defined the supercar genre, the Aquarama Lamborghini is the fastest of its kind in the world, being fitted with two Lamborghini V12 engines, for a combined total of 700hp – more than Lamborghini's current flagship supercar, the Aventador.

The bespoke engines lift the top speed of the Aquarama from 40 to 48 knots, and the Lamborghini version also accelerates more quickly at lower rpm.

Both the interior and exterior have also been painstakingly restored, with 25 separate lacquer coatings applied to the hull alone.

It is not known what will happen to the newly rejuvenated Aquarama Lamborghini, but given that it is being described as a "collector's item for true connoisseurs", expect to see it at a swanky auction near you soon, sporting a truly eye-watering price tag.

Riva Aquarama Lamborghini gallery

Riva Aquarama Lamborghini gallery