1961 RIVA FLORIDA
One of only 425 examples made and only 41 during 1961
Benefitting from a thorough restoration
Superb color combination with the rare yellow, with black/white checkers. The colors essence of Italian design from the 50’s.
Most people has only seen this interior on old pictures from the 50ties. This is period correct.
Extremely original and well maintained
Remarkable style, elegance and craftsmanship make all Riva runabouts a work of art. These boats remain unforgettable. They create a lifestyle characterized by elegance and exclusivity. Such passion and ability of Riva in constructing boats have obtained universal recognition and admiration.
In the 1950s, the wooden speedboats built by Riva became the ultimate fashion accessory for movie stars and royalty from around the world.
Founded on the shores of Lago d’Iseo in the mid-1840s by Pietro Riva, this family-owned boatyard really took off after World War 1, when Pietro’s grandson Serafino Riva moved production away from humble, hard-working transportation towards the new luxury sport of powerboating.
Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the Riva family broke a number of records and won races on the Italian lakes with its bespoke wooden boats. After World War 2 the next generation, led by Carlo Riva, gave the brand a new level of elegance, status and material perfection to create objects of desire for la Dolce Vita.
Among the beautiful people queuing up to buy Riva’s beautiful boats was Brigitte Bardot: the object of much European desire herself. Brigitte Bardot opted for Riva’s signature offering, the Florida, which became the defining classic in the Riva range when it was launched in 1952 – in total 425 Floridas were built.
As its name suggested, the Florida was associated with water-skiing, and featured a large sun-bed astern, divided by a bridge of mahogany deck, filleted with maple. Early models were fitted with Chris Craft engines, followed by Chrysler and latterly Riva’s own 220 hp unit, built around a Crusader V8.
Other customers who made their way to the Riva yard included Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, the King of Jordan, Liz Taylor, Sean Connery Richard Burton, Jackie Stewart and Peter Sellers.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
The Florida model is very practical model with its large sun deck that can be used as an aft seat, a sun bed or a cargo space. The Florida has been regarded by many as the perfect water ski boat. Today it’s very popular because of its perfect trailer boat format and to some extent its moderate price.
The first Florida sees the light in the middle of 1952 (the last one in 1963) and is largely based on the same drawing as the smaller model Sebino put into production earlier this year. Like its smaller sister the Florida is one of the first boats built strictly for series production, with little or no possibilities for the customer to influence the choice of engine, interior, upholstery etc.
In 1961 Florida will get a more modern engine, reverse box lever on the instrument panel and a 12 Volt electrical system. The engine is the Chris Craft 8V 283 (GM block) with the power reduced to 160 Hp from its original 185. The model gets a slightly modified bottom amidships to give a smoother ride in the waves and the Florida grows a few cm to 5.5 x 1.91 m. It also get a slightly rounded transom. Like the other Riva models, Florida models gets the American police siren as standard equipment.
During the year 1961 a total of 41 Florida are built.
This boat of 1961, has been completely restored a few years ago, later used occasionally for short cruises on the lake.
This Florida is named “Divertente”, the Italian word for Enjoyable.
This Riva Florida is ready to be enjoyed this summer season and is complete with all accessories such as:
– Blue Riva cover
– Sun cover which can be mounted with very nice chrome pillars (original for the Riva Florida but mostly not coming with the boat)
This 1961 Florida has (arguably) the best looking, coolest interior of all the Riva’s. The infamous and very rare yellow, with black/white checkers. Sunpad in yellow vipa with white tufs. The colors are the essence of Italian design form the 50’s. Most people has only seen this interior on old pictures from this time. The interior kit has a great quality, though not without a price..
The boat is absolutely unique having the yellow and black blocks interior.
The former owner was a Riva enthusiast and wanted to have his boat perfect in every detail. The original meters, interior colors, accessories etc. etc. Everything had to be perfectly in order.