When it comes to glamour and style at sea, there is nothing more enchanting than the Aquarama. Conceived by the legendary Carlo Riva, the wooden speedboat has become an icon of Italian design.
Loved for its clean lines, mahogany wood, shimmering chrome details and distinctive robin's blue and cream upholstery, the Aquarama reflected the la dolce vita optimism of early 1960s Italy; it is impossible to imagine the glittering Côte d'Azur and the shores of Europe without visions of endless summers lounging on the back of the boat in the warm summer sun and the gentle roar of the engine as the Aquarama cuts through the surf.
The Riva icon enjoyed mythical status and was loved by movie stars, heads of state and royalty. Everyone from Brigitte Bardot to Elizabeth Taylor, Gunter Sachs to the royal family of Monaco and countless other celebrities were enchanted by the Aquarama. Of the approximately 760 completed Aquaramas built at the Sarnico shipyard, Riva experts estimate that about 650 still exist, which only adds to the boat's legendary status. But more than just a trophy, the Aquarama is much loved by owners and enthusiasts - it is not just another boat, but the realization of a dream.
In this exceptional tribute to the Aquarama, author Michael Verdon tells the story of the legendary boat and brings its dolce vita charm to life. The book is also offered in a special edition, presented in a luxurious mahogany case created to express the beauty of the Aquarama's magnificent hull. This special edition offers owners, collectors and enthusiasts a piece of the Riva dream.
Title: Riva Aquarama
Author: Michael Verdon
Publisher: Assouline books
Size: 394 x 470 x 80 mm
Size: 208 pages
Weight: 19.84 kg