Cruise in style on this classic 1959 Riva Super Florida, Lolo, hull number 350 of 711 made. Lolo is a beauty, turning heads at every port of call. Riva founder, Carlo Riva aimed to create a “legendary emblem of luxury and nautical refinement, by manufacturing magnificently crafted leisure boats”, such as the Super Florida. Roger Vadim gifted the Riva Super Florida, Nounours to his then wife, Brigitte Bardot in 1959. Other Riva owners included Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Hugh Hefner, Roger Vadim, Anita Ekberg, Jean Paul Belmondo, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Gianni Agnelli. Get behind Lolo’s helm, and you’ll understand why the rich and famous chose to ride in style on a Riva.
Lolo is one of the few Riva Super Florida’s in the United States. Stuart King, from Annapolis, Maryland, found Lolo in 1990, and fell in love. He restored her in 1990 – 1992, refinished her in 2003 when she was sanded to the wood and varnished, fitted with new upholstery and had West System applied on the hull from the waterline to the keel.
Lolo stays in a closed garage during the winter months where she undergoes preventative maintenance. For the rest of the year, she is kept on a boat lift out of the water and sun after occasional cruises to waterfront dining and waterskiing on the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. After cruises she is rinsed and hand dried.
Lolo is equipped with a fluxgate compass, docking lines, anchor, depth sounder, life vests, and authentic Riva running lights, flagpole, ski pole, instruments, deck boards and cleats. She’s in turn-key condition, ready for you come aboard and have fun water skiing or enjoying the sunset out on the water.
In 2024, a new 12-volt stereo with USB will be installed, as will a new horn, and all screws on the rub rails and other parts of the hull will be checked. (The work is being done now, as of January 24, 2024.) In 2023, she had the prop shaft strut re-bedded, the engine aligned with new engine mounts, a new cutlass bearing as well as a new neutral safety switch installed, and her custom trailer was painted. In 2022, she was varnished again and had a new bilge pump, raw water pump and battery installed. In 2021, all her wiring was restored to original harness as much as possible. A Crate GM 350 engine was installed in 2015 and has run approximately 600 hours since then.
Stuart King, who took such good care of Lolo has passed away, so she needs a new owner who wants to ride in style.
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