48 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

VOTING IS NOW OPEN!

THUNDERBALL

1959 RIVA TRITONE

THE INFO

SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS

MAKE/MODEL

1959 Riva Tritone

 

ENTRY CLASS

Wood Boats Post-war to 1965

 

HOME PORT

Altus, Oklahoma

 

THE OWNERS

Clay & Patty Thompson

THE HISTORY

Carlo Riva, driven with passion, created RIVA BOATS in Sarnico, Italy. His boats became a synonym of elegance, status, and perfection. Having his eye on the American market, he brought this Tritone, hull no. 89 to the 1959 Miami Boat Show, and had great success. But after many years of service, this boat sadly fell into disrepair in the 80’s, and neglect took its toll. Upon acquiring this project, Clay and Patty Thompson performed the painstaking 5-year restoration to bring this RIVA back to original. “THUNDERBALL”, one of only 257 built, features beautiful sapele mahogany wood, twin Riva Crusader engines, a cuddy cabin, a hidden full Egyptian cotton convertible top, and has the eye-catching zebra print and turquoise interior, and yes, it too is factory correct.

UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS

For 1959, Carlo upgraded the boat interior with several changes, and wanted the first boat, for the Miami show, to incorporate them. Hull no.89 was the first boat to have the new zebra with turquoise interior, and also the new style dash surface laminate, and of course, all new dash gauges, but the new steering wheel Carlo had chosen was not ready as of the Miami show date, so this boat is the last to use the older style steering wheel. Tritone no. 89 was quite a hit at that show, as everyone wanted to see, ‘that Italian boat’.

THE AWARDS
  • Best in Show at Keels and Wheels, Houston.
  • Best in Show, Grandlake, OK.
ACBS CHAPTER

HEARTLAND/ SOUTHWEST

THE PHOTOS

 

THE VIDEOS

 

RIDE WITH US

OUR PARTNERS