1961 Riva Tritone

Sold For €198.900

Villa Erba

Hull No.

Documents: German Zulassungsurkunde

  • Only four careful owners from new
  • Mostly used in fresh water in Italy and Germany
  • Late version of the ultimate twin-engined gentleman’s runabout designed by Carlo Riva
Hull number 156 is one of the 21 Tritones built for 1961. That year was marked by an increase in the length of the model from 7.94 metres to 8.02 metres, while its width remained unchanged. In addition, all the model produced in this new series were now equipped with twin 177-horsepower Chrysler V-8 engines.

This particular Tritone was delivered to Sig. Ivone Grassetto of Padova, one of the most important Italian real estate entrepreneurs, known for his passions for horse riding and farming. The city’s racecourse now bears his name. After his death in 1971, the family retained the boat a few years before selling it to a German lawyer, who navigated on Lake Maggiore, then the German lakes of Starnberger and Constance until the late 1980s.

During this period, the Tritone 156 was transformed into a Tritone 'aperto' version, the precursor of the Aquarama, with an open sunbathing deck above the engines; then, still on Lake Constance, a new owner restored the boat to its original configuration, with its superbly varnished engine hoods. It is there that the present owner discovered it in 2008, hidden under its Riva blue awning and in good condition, in a well-known boatyard of the region. Thus began several years of meticulous renovation to restore its original lustre of 1961: revision of the hull, complete re-varnishing, new electrical wiring, refurbished Chrysler engines, new chromes, and complete overhaul of the control panel, enhanced by the elegant sobriety of the classic dashboard of the 1961 Tritone, all completed with the bi-coloured upholstery executed by Morosini in Sarnico.

Offered just two months following the tragic passing of boatbuilding legend Carlo Riva at the ripe age of 95, traditional mahogany Rivas of the Dolce Vita era will continue to appeal to collectors and connoisseurs for many years to come. Thanks to its brilliant restoration, this highly desirable example of the twin-engine Riva in its purest form, signed Carlo Riva, has regained all its original prestige and is ready to be enjoyed.

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