Some of the distinctive features of the legend are the bow cap, the stern passage that makes it easier to climb out of the water, and the separate front seats, which offer greater mobility and comfort in the cockpit.
The varnished mahogany hull expresses the craftsmanship and attention to detail typical of Cantiere Riva's boats.
The influence of the automotive sector and Carlo Riva's passion for engines is reflected in the twin 185 hp Chris Craft engines - usually used for cars - and the Chrysler steering wheel. Another example of meticulous care is the addition of salt water-resistant cushions, essential in a marine environment.
The 1962 model had a length of 8.02 metres, could accommodate up to eight people including the driver, and was fitted with two bunks.
Over the years, it was upgraded on several occasions. The subsequent Aquaramas were 8.25 metres long and fitted with two 220 hp Riva 8V engines.
A few years later, the Super version was introduced, with a length of 8.45 metres and engines rated 320 hp each. Aquarama Super's performance moved up to the superlative category, with a top speed of almost 90 km/h.
In 1971, architect Giorgio Barilani introduced a modification to the boat's transom, adding a corridor that made it easier to climb back up the swim ladder out of the water. This new version, christened Aquarama Special, was a full 8.75 metres in length. The boat's two engines were also increased in power to 350 hp each, with 6 hours of autonomy allowing longer cruises to be undertaken.
Taken out of production in 1996, Aquarama was the company's crowning achievement, with a total of 765 boats built.
The attention to detail, the chrome-plating and the excellent durability made it Riva's most popular and famous powerboat. A brand within the brand.