Chariots of the Mediterranean.

Nothing epitomises the classic Euro summer more than a Riva speedboat. These hand-crafted pieces of art are the ultimate chariots for the rich and famous throughout the coastline of the Riviera and its adjacent lakes of Italy.

Today's Riva in question is a 1958 Tritone built as a gift for Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Enjoyed by the Prince and his wife Grace Kelly for a number of years, the late 50's Riva Tritone flew both the flag of Monaco and the Prince's signature regalia until it was later replaced by a Riva Junior. The Tritone was not forgotten, however, and remained in the Principality under the watchful eye of Riva itself.

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The boat has recently been returned to its original condition by a Dutch specialist, a process that included the rebuilding of both original 5.5-litre, six-cylinder Chris-Craft engines, each capable of 175 hp at 3,400 rpm, the famous Chris-O-Matic transmission, and the red and white stripes of Monaco.

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The vessel is up for sale on May 25th courtesy of auction powerhouse RM Sotheby's. You can view the listing here.

Imagery courtesy of Andrea Piva & Michel deRuijter / RM Sotheby's.