Ebay Classic Boat For Sale. Worth It Just For The Photos.
While 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.
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.
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.
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.
No title. It’s in Canada. Enough to scare me away.
It’s a Riv. Not 1956
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.
Wrong steering wheel for a Capri. Also if you look close the cut water is split and has a breast plate.
Good catch Jim!
Thought about that after the post. I suspect a Capri would have a wheel more like this one, wouldn’t it.
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.
Another $1500 to have that wheel restored correctly.
Been there – Done that…
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.
Gorgeous photos. Faded possibility.
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.
Four strake hull sides. Distinctive transom, 2″ exhaust pipe, narrow plank decks. Could only be one boat:
1951 16′ Riviera.
Looks like it would make a great winter bonfire…to fry up some bacon. Let’s start the bacon fest…
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.
Barn fire, bring the oysters on, woody boater
Deck is “gray”