In 1968, Ferruccio Lamborghini commissioned the construction of a luxurious speedboat. Unlike anything else at the time, this watercraft was to be powered by a pair of his eponymous V12 engines. The finished product was called the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini, and it was recently restored to its former glory.
Originally built (and now restored) by Riva Boats, the Aquarama Lamborghini featured a pair of 4.0-liter 12-cylinder engines, very similar to that of the Lamborghini 350GT (pictured). The pair of engines could rev up to 5,000 rpm and sport no less than 12 Weber side-draft carburetors.
For the restoration, however, the engines were replaced with similar examples from the same period, with the same revisions made for marine use. That included increasing the bore and stroke for better low-end power. As a result, each engine makes a peak 350 horsepower at only 1,500 rpm.
The entire restoration took three years, and included a full hull repair, refitting of all upholstery, and removal and replacement of all buttons and bright work. The hull itself took 25 coatings of lacquer.
As mentioned, Riva — the same outfit that built the original — performed the restoration. Judging by the language used in the original press release, Riva is looking for a wealthy connoisseur to drop some serious dough on this supercar-powered speedboat.
- Ferruccio Lamborghini