They are selling a very rare 1973 Riva Super Ariston.


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Riva enthusiasts, here’s some super news for you! In the new issue of Barche a Motore(you can find it on newsstands and digitally) we wrote an article telling the whole story of wooden models, the cult examples and how they are restored today. But are there any Rivas for sale?

“Ophelie,” the Riva Super Ariston.

But are there any Rivas still around? We were browsing through the listings on our site(all ads here) when we came across Ophelie, a 1973 Riva Super Ariston, 996 for sale at Bellini Nautica. The specimen is in good condition, although it needs restoration work. Why it pays to restore a Riva and when to do it is explained in the article mentioned earlier!

This is a very rare specimen, with 1a grip that gives its already sinuous form additional momentum and elegance.

To be clear, this Super Ariston is like the one owned by the Riva shipyard, i.e., one of the very few Aristons with the original 350 HP engine instead of the classic 320 HP generally mounted on Super Aristons.

Ophelie was sold and delivered in 1973 for the first time in the Netherlands, in Brussels. It was later resold to return to its natural habitat: the French Riviera. It has, in fact, long been used on the French Riviera among the most luxurious and elegant events in Cannes, St. Tropez and Monte Carlo.

For the past year this Super Ariston has then returned “home,” that is, to the shores of Lake Iseo. As we said l‘boat is in usable condition, but needs almost complete restoration to maintain the reputation for perfection that these cult objects require. The price? The negotiation is private. Here are all the contacts

It must be said that from a purely economic point of view, a wooden Riva is a cashier’s check.


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