Single family ownership from new 1979 Riva Rudy Super Speedboat
Boat no. 345
Founded in 1842 by skilled carpenter Pietro Riva, the company that bore his name was located at Sarnico, a small town on the shores of Lago d'Iseo in northern Italy. By the 1930s Riva was a leading manufacturer of small racing boats, its products setting world speed records and winning countless races, and after WW2 was quick to exploit the increasing popularity of water skiing. In the 1950s the founder's grandson Carlo transformed the business, creating wooden boats of a style and elegance that surpassed all rivals, gaining the Italian firm an international reputation. Like compatriot Ferrari on the road, Riva enjoyed an imperious profile on the water, being favoured by royalty, industrialists and movie stars: Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers being numbered among the latter.
In 1969 Carlo sold the company to an American firm, Whittaker, whose glassfibre technology was soon employed in manufacturing a new range of boats at Sarnico, many of which were exact copies of previous wooden designs. Based on the wooden Junior model, the Rudy was introduced in 1972 and at that time was the smallest boat in the Riva range, with a length of 5.87 metres (approximately 19' 4"). With a beam of 2.184 metres (7' 2") and 0.558 metres (1' 10") draught, the Rudy has a dry weight of 1,075kg (2,365lbs) and is equipped with a 116-litre (25.5-gallon) fuel tank. A very popular and highly successful model, the Rudy/Rudy Super remained in production until 1986, by which time 364 had been completed.
The Rudy Super offered here, boat number '345', has been in the titled vendor's family's possession from new and in recent times was based at Golfe-Juan on France's Côte d'Azur. Benefiting from recent anti-fouling treatment, it is powered by a 210 horsepower GMC-Riva engine, capable of propelling the craft to a maximum speed of 41mph with cruising at 32mph. A total of 426 hours is recorded on the odometer. Presented in beautiful order, this stylish and elegant classic Italian speedboat comes complete with two-axle trailer, the latter in similarly excellent condition.