At the upcoming May event of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Estate headed by RM Auctions, one would see bespoken vintage vehicles, and also a luxury speed boat up for auction. RM Auctions will help find a new owner for the 1960 Riva Tritone Special Cadillac Powerboat, which was created by Carlo Riva on his shipyard, in Lake Iseo. One of the finest vintage wooden powerboats, this vessel with Hull No. 132, is known to have transported some of Hollywood's biggest icons including Sofia Loren, Peters Sellers, and Brigitte Bardot. Despite the fame it got during the early days, there was no other boat like this made again, even for personal modified editions, hence it stands as a one-off piece. It is known to have been made by Riva, on the special order of noted sailor and industrialist, Achille Roncoroni, who also made him promise that none like this can ever be made again. However, it now stands in the hope of finding a new collector, in all of it's beautiful splendor.
Roncoroni was noted to be a competitive sailor despite his main achievements as an industrialist. He went on to represent Italy in sport of boating, during the 1948 Olympic Games. He had a requested the construction of an unique edition from the Tritone series, which was the flagship range from Riva. Hence, his ideas were transferred on to this handcrafted wood laden master boat, that is now up for auction.
In the 8.3-meter hull, there is a 325HP Cadillac Crusader Marine V-8 engine fitted, which incidentally was the most powerful of it's age. The hull of the boat was painted in white, while the engine remained red, while the interior space was done up with the interplay of blue, red and white colors via different fabrications. There are also special letterings on the hull and dashboard, crafted specifically for the vessel.
Ribot III as it was called by Achielle Roncoroni, also reached many records for its speed. It broke all barriers set then, and reached a top speed of 96 km/ph, which was a record for Riva boats powered by stock engines and propellers. However, it was later sold to it's current owner in the 1970's, meaning that there have been just 2 owners so far in the 40+ years of its existence.
The auctioneers peg the price of this precious vessel to be in the region of €550,000 and €750,000 ($717,781 and $978,793). Also, do check out some of the others famous yacht auctions, such as the Agouti yacht sale, Curtis Flying Boat, and the 163-foot Triton Megayacht for sale. This trend shows, that other than just cars and bikes, the boats and yachts just as precious for collectors.
Via: RM Auctions