The boat with a twin V12 Lamborghini engine

Legendary supercar founder Ferruccio Lamborghini turned his Riva Aquarama into a masterpiece.

Steve Chalmers March 29, 2015

You don’t get the reputation as an automotive maverick without an eccentric, caution-to-the-wind style. So it comes as no surprise that in 1968 Ferruccio Lamborghini commissioned one of the history’s most iconic boats, the Riva Aquarama, replacing the standard V8 engines with two Lamborghini V12s, originally designed for the 350 GT.

Being a bit partial to speed and adrenalin, Signore Lamborghini was never going to settle for anything less than two of his own engines, and so he adapted the 350 horsepower lumps to fit inside the Riva’s hull.

At the time, it was the fastest Aquarama ever built, but sadly, due to the terrifying amounts of fuel it sucked through its 24 Weber carburetors, Lamborghini lost interest and understandably concentrated on developing his company’s upcoming supercars, including the Miura and the Countach

Incredibly, his boat was left to rot in the corner of a boatyard, until it was discovered by a Dutch Riva collector, who – to cut a long restoration story short – with the help of Riva World, brought it back to the unbelievable tender it’s in today. 

Italian supercar boss’s minds are responsible for some of the most outlandish and iconic automotive inventions of the past century. Thank goodness this one is in existence once again. 

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