The Florida design, first penned in 1952, was another enduring classic in the Riva range, as well as the most popular of the wooden boats to be produced on the shores of Lago d’Iseo.

Named after the American state most closely associated with water-skiing, the Florida design features a cockpit and a large sun-bed astern, divided by a bridge of mahogany deck, filled with maple.

Early models were fitted with Chris Craft engines, followed by Chrysler and latterly Riva’s own 220 hp unit, built around a Crusader V8.

Between 1952 and 1969 1,137 Florida craft were built, comprising over 420 ‘normal’ Floridas and 711 slightly larger and more powerful ‘Super Floridas’.