Ebay Classic Boat For Sale. Worth It Just For The Photos.

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$_57-6While we here are all in Showville today, we had noticed this morning while yacking about Prerestoric boats, this very nicely photographed relic barn find on ebay. Priced correctly I might add. Now, this is NOT a Prerestoic boat, its a grey boat, You are basecly buying what ever hull number it is and rebuilding it to a condition that is beyond whatever the factory could dream of doing.


Original bottom


The wheel and gauges alone are worth 1,500 by the way!

We will call that Post Factory condition. Regardless of this boats label, for 1,500 bucks, you could have the privilege of it taking up space in your garage. But here’s the deal. If you want to rebuild something, this is the way to do it. All you need is patterns.


Its art just as it is.


Who ever shot these knows photographer better than boats!

Now here is the question, and it will show my personal ignorance. At first glance I thought it might be a Riviera? But I don’t know. Custom?  Usually I can tell by size and the over stuffed seat back if its a custom, and the 1956 year thing is a tad suspect. I am sure someone can tell in a second. If it is a Custom, its a real good deal BTW.


OK, so it may need a little varnish.


OK, maybe a lot of varnish!

Now, the photos. These photos are fantastic. Not much for reference, but it does convey a feeling of a wonderful find. The vaugeishness of the text in the add also captures the barn find magic. It’s poetry on ebay! So enjoy the search and dream today.



15 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I may be sharing with you in showing my ignorance, but if I were a betting man I would say Capri. Only trouble is the way I tell a Capri from a Riv is the windshield and that is nowhere to be seen, but I do think ’56 would be Capri.

      • Troy in ANE
        Troy in ANE says:

        Good catch Jim!

        Thought about that after the post. I suspect a Capri would have a wheel more like this one, wouldn’t it.

    • Wilson
      Wilson says:

      Doubt it’s a Capri. The blonde indentation on the Riviera transom is usually straight across the bottom whereas the Capri, as I recall, is more of a shallow V on the bottom with the chrome Capri under it.

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Customs basecly have a bubble transom which that boat doesn’t, so I vote Riviera, but it could be the rare but oft mentioned on woodyboater Rivera.

  3. Rich
    Rich says:

    It’s a Riv. You can tell by the dash and the non-bulbed nose. Love those boats. Good value for an American if it’s in Canadian dollars.

  4. Brian Robinson
    Brian Robinson says:

    Four strake hull sides. Distinctive transom, 2″ exhaust pipe, narrow plank decks. Could only be one boat:

    1951 16′ Riviera.

  5. Pete DeVito
    Pete DeVito says:

    Wow! Great to see some originality and whoever gets her needs to crawl around inside and photograph it. I was amazed when I pulled the ceiling planks from my Capri and what I found written behind them.
    It sure looks like a Riviera to me.

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