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VINTAGE RIVA JUNIOR - being auctioned at the London Boat Show 2015

Sun 11 January 2015

Brigitte Bardot personified the 'beautiful people' who lived La Dolce Vita on the Riviera in the boom years of the 1950s and 60s, and Riva speedboats epitomised the glamorous lifestyle of the era. The Riva Junior was Bardot's first Riva.

The Riva Junior was one of Riva's most successful models. It was introduced in 1966 and was in production until 1972. In that time over 600 were built.

At almost 19ft long, and powered by a 180hp, Crusader 5L V8 inboard petrol engine, the Junior has a top speed of over 40mph, making her equally at home as a ski boat or yacht tender. Fun and fast, the Junior's design is about much more than performance and good looks, it is also immensely practical, with an open-plan cockpit that offers an exceptional amount of space for a boat of this size, and one that you can actually walk around in.

The particular Riva Junior to be displayed at ExCeL is hull number 148, built in 1967. She has been fully restored to an extremely high standard, with all original fittings and even original upholstery. The engine, which has clocked up only 250 hours from new, has been rebuilt to immaculate condition. The boat still has its original cover, original numbered cradle, and comes with a Balbo 2-wheeled braked trailer of the period.

The Riva Junior Hull No. 148 is to be auctioned during the course of the 2015 London Boat Show. Sealed bids will be accepted at any time until midday on Sunday 19 January.

Subject to the reserve being met the winning bid will be announced on the closing day.



Michael Newton-Woof
Tel +44 (0)20 7495 2330