Riva Florida Complete Restoration on Classic 1959 Riva Florida

Price AU $179,000

AU $179,000
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.


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

Disclaimer: We have, in preparing this information, used our best endeavors to ensure that the information contained therein is true and accurate, but accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability in respect of any errors, inaccuracies or misstatements contained herein. Parties interested in any Ray White Marine services and/or products should make their own inquiries to verify the information contained herein.
New South Wales
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Rego Number
17' 4" - 5.29m
Hull Material
Deck Material
Restored 2018
Original Engine: Chris Craft KLF 6cycl 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 tinware so it looks like the original engine.
Engine Make
Number Engines
Chris Craft Rocker covers
Dual axle colour matched trailer

Seller Details

Ray White Marine

Suite 56,74 Sea World Drive Main Beach QLD

Suite 56,74 Sea World Drive Main Beach QLD

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