1959 Riva Florida 'Bellisimo' 

1959 RIVA Bellissimo is proudly offered for sale, exclusively with Ray White Marine. One of just 35 was built in 1959 out of a total production of 426 Riva Floridas. If you are at all familiar with a Riva Yacht, you will learn that it is the standout harmonious lines, the quality of the materials used and the perfection of their construction that makes them so unique.

Beautifully restored in 2012, using all original Riva Parts by Cantiere Matteri at Lezzeno on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, under the guidance of master craftsman, Erio Matteri who is the recommended restorer of Riva by ASDEC, the Italian classic Boat Association. She was then shipped to Australia in November 2012, with a new Boeing trailer built in January 2013. Since being brought into Australia, she has been minimally used. 

Hull number 350 has been securely stored on its colour matched trailer with full covers in Sydney. Accompanied by its original Chris Craft 131hp engine, it now runs a more modern and powerful engine – Chevrolet V8 350 with Chris Craft Rocker covers which is exceptionally well disguised to look as per the original. Full deck restoration and metal repolished in 2018 and remains in perfect condition.

If there is anything to know about a restoration project, one will know that it requires meticulous attention to detail, patience and dedication. The current owner of the boat has gotten to know the boat, pamper it, nurture it, and finally fallen back in love with her newly restoration lines. She is now ready to be admired and sailed by another family. Do not miss out on this very rare opportunity to own a very special RIVA.

Specifications:

Model/Make: Riva Florida

Year: 1959

Location: Sydney, NSW

Hull: Wood

LOA: 5.29m

Beam: 1.91m

Construction Height: 0.77m

Gross Tonnage: 1.78t

Net Tonnage: 1.42t

Deck restoration and metal repolished: 2018 and remains in perfect condition

Fully restored in Lake Como: 2012

Shipped to Australia: November 2012

New Boeing Trailer built: January 2013

Original engine: Chris Craft KLF 6cyl 131hp

Engine replaced when restored: Chris Craft 283 V8 250hp, this also comes with the boat but has one piston damaged (spare engine in pics)

Engine replaced: 2018 with crate Chevrolet V8 350 & used the Chris Craft rocker covers and tin ware so it looks like the original engine.

Deck and all metal pieces restored: 2018

For further information and to arrange a viewing, please contact the agent:

Winnie Le – Phone +61 478 828 675

Email – winnie@raywhitemarine.com

Price $179,000.00
Brand Riva
Model Florida
Length 5.29 Meters
Year 1959
Category Classic
Hull Type Timber
Hull Style Single
Power Type Power
Type Of Sales Dealer
Engine Make Chevrolet V8
Engine Type Chevrolet V8 350
Condition Used
State New South Wales
Suburb SYDNEY
HIN Number AV-WWA173429HK3
Stock Number WL190922
Engine Make Chevrolet V8
Horse Power 350
Designer Riva
Builder Riva
Hull Construction Material Wood
Country Origin Italy
Length (m) 5.4m m
Beam/Width (m) 1.91m m
Engine Notes Original Engine: Chris Craft KLF 6cyl 131hp Engine replaced when restored: Chris Craft 283 V8 250hp Engine replaced: 2018 with crate Chevrolet V8 350 and used the Chris Craft rocker covers and tin ware so it looks like the original engine.
Horse Power (hp) 350hp
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