One of the most beautiful motorboats ever built is for sale — for $600,000

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A classic Italian motorboat – of a type widely regarded as one of the most beautiful ever built – will cross the block in May at an RM Sotheby’s auction in Monaco.

The 1974 Riva Aquarama Special “Lealena,” one of only 769 Aquaramas constructed, is a twin-V8 powered wooden runabout. The hull is lined in varnished mahogany, and the boat was powered by two engines from either Cadillac or Chrysler.

The name was inspired by the Cinerama, a wraparound movie theater format from which the boat takes it elegantly curved windscreen. It was an instant hit among the newly wealthy of the jet-set era.

Ferruccio Lamborghini was a customer – he had his refitted with two V12 engines from his 350 GT road car.

The auction house has not released an official sale estimate for the boat yet, but here is a list of similar Aquarama Specials on Yachtworld, all for north of $600,000.

Here’s a look at the boat for sale in Monaco.


The 1974 Riva Aquarama.

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The hull is lined in varnished mahogany.

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Two keys for two engines. Carlo Riva was noted for an obsession with quality, which is evident in the many, many details — just look at that leather steering wheel!

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The boats heavily featured bespoke chrome fittings.

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At the back, a leather-lined sunning area covers twin engines — beautiful in their own right.

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This example, one of 277 Aquarama Specials built, looks well taken care of.

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The sale price of “Lealena” has yet to be announced by the auction house, but similar models are listed for over $600,000.

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And this is certainly an excellent example of one of the most beautiful boats in the world.

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