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This Is Why You Park Your Rolls-Royce Drophead Top Up: Video


Drive a convertible long enough, and it’s inevitable: sooner or later you’ll be caught with the top down in the rain.

Drop-tops like the Mazda MX-5 Miata are designed to cope with a certain amount of in-car moisture (and yes, we know this from experience), and can generally be set to right with a wet vac and a few dry towels.

Luxury convertibles, like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe in this video, aren’t meant to be parked, sans top, in a downpour.

While the teak wood deck may stand up to a good drenching (assuming it was oiled at the last service interval), the cashmere carpeting and sumptuous, hand-stitched leather seats most assuredly will not.

We won’t even speculate on the electronics inside the Phantom, which also aren’t designed for prolonged exposure to a soaking rainstorm. As GT Spirit, via 9MSN reports, the repair bill for the rainstorm damage could top $100,000 AUS (roughly $105,000), assuming the insurers don’t write the car off entirely.

If you live near Adelaide, Australia and come across an unbelievably good deal on a “clean, low-mileage” Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, take our advice and run, don’t just walk, away.

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  1. One would think that RR could have installed an electronic rain sensor that would put the roof up automatically - I think Cadillac had something similar in their 1959-1960 Eldorados...
     
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  2. Agreed. Pretty simple tech for such an expensive car.
     
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