When two legendary names that transformed the roads and waterways of Italy during the late Fifties and early Sixties come together, the result has to be something special, right? Then special is what the Fiat 500 Riva is. A collaborative venture between Fiat, which revolutionised the motoring in Italy and beyond with its 500 microcar, and Riva, which did something similar for the nautical world with its Aquarama boat, the special series model will be available in our region from 2017, confirms FCA Middle East.

Before its official launch here, the limited edition 500 Riva, which will be available as a hatch and a convertible, will be on show at Yas Marina this weekend during the Formula 1 race. Those interested can see the 500 Riva in flesh next to the Riva yacht stand on the marina during the weekend.

Taking its inspiration from the Aquariva super yacht, the special 500 gets a custom interior including a gear knob carved from solid mahogany and a dashboard, also made of mahogany, featuring maple inlays. The wood used to deck out the car’s interior is of the same variety and quality that are used to make Riva yachts, and are put together using the same sophisticated technology and craftsmanship.

Outside, the 500 Riva gets a unique Sera Blue paint job, which is not available for any model other than this model, and matched here with a contrasting black roof. Additionally, the convertible sports an exclusive blue top. There are details that help the special edition stand out, including chrome-plated mirror caps, handles and bonnet trims, as well as a double aquamarine line running along the belt line. It also gets exclusive 16in, 20-spoke light alloy wheels finished in blue.

There are no changes to the mechanicals, with the same 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission delivering 100bhp and 131Nm of torque.