Making a splash

A rare 1990 Riva Ferrari 32 speedboat up for auction

Scuderia sponsor Riva has always had a close relationship with Maranello. Named after the founder Pietro Riva, the company also shares with Ferrari a global reputation for pioneering design and superior style.


This month, RM Sotheby’s is putting a rare 1990 Riva Ferrari 32 speedboat up for auction in Monaco (where else?)

The Prancing Horse badge features throughout the boat's design  Photo: Cymon Taylor ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Just 40 were produced and this particular example, number 28, is in immaculate condition. RM Sotheby’s says the boat has only had 78 hours use.


Its 9.92 metres – or 32.5 feet, hence the name – house a spacious sleeping cabin (again, RM Sotheby’s says this has never actually been used) and a twin 390hp BPM Vulcano 400 V8 engine, capable of reaching 100km/h. There’s a boat trailer to match, with custom cover.

The Riva Ferrari 32 on the water  Photo: Cymon Taylor ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

With its Prancing Horse shields, Rosso Corsa hull and sleek, sporting lines, there’s a clear nod to the world of Formula One in this nautical gem’s design.

And, just like a road-going Maranello model, the Riva Ferrari 32 is the perfect marriage of cutting-edge elegance and high-performance glamour.