Convertibles have long been the chariot of choice for the devil-may-care crowd, and for good reason. Peeling the roof off of a vehicle has all sorts of negative ramifications, from safety concerns to handling woes and increased chances of skin cancer for those inside. Then there's the ever-present threat of foul weather. But who cares? You only live once and they're making more cars every day, right?

That logic may hold true for your $600 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible, but the argument gets a bit weaker when we're talking about a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The owner of one such vehicle recently parked their ride and left the big Rolls with its roof laid back just in time for a torrential downpour to set in. According to experts, the total damage may cost more than $100,000. The owner is said to have returned to the vehicle, seen its condition and walked away, unconcerned. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself.



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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      When this happens to my Wrangler, I just pull out the drain plugs in the floor.
      ICantDrive88
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a former Insurance adjuster - that would be covered under most policies. My question is why doesn't this Rolls have a sensor to automatically raise it's top? Heck, Buick concepts of the early 50's had that function!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ICantDrive88
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      Joe K
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am shocked about two things, 100K for being open to a rain storm?!?! Secondly no rain sensor for the top?
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joe K
        I think that all convertibles should have a rain sensor built in from the factory for situations like this one.
          Krazeecain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Greg
          Especially a Rolls Royce.
          S.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Greg
          Especially since rain-sensing wipers are already so prevalent
      Noah
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would have climbed in by either opening the door or climbing over the rear quarter panels... to try to close the roof... assuming the car would let me. I've opened a number of cars over the years to turn off headlights, overhead lights, and such... and locked unlocked doors... to prevent dead batteries and theft... I think it's what any reasonable person would do.
        S.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noah
        Thanks for being a good guy, not enough like you in the world anymore.
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor baby. That was hard to watch. I wanted to cover it up just watching the video. All of that goodness ruined.....*wipes tear*
      ctsmith1066
      • 3 Years Ago
      And I just died a little inside.
      TBQ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Insurance fraud!
      Jeff Tripp
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take that problem off your hands for a cool $600.
      Andrew P
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least the windows were up.
      4RR4Y
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would anybody leave the top of a convertible open upon leaving... Even in clear weather, I don't see the logic in this. That's just asking for trouble in general... Also, the rain-sensing mechanisms work when the car is *ON*. Most likely the heavy downpour started after the owner left the vehicle. Poor Rolls couldn't anticipate their carelessness.
      v6sonoma
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that would try and find a tarp? At least to limit the damage.
        Jaclock LaGlock
        • 3 Years Ago
        @v6sonoma
        If it's not my car, I wouldn't worry about it.
          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jaclock LaGlock
          You sounds like a great guy.
          NicksGarage
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jaclock LaGlock
          You do know that if you were to try and put a tarp over a stranger's high dollar car they'd probably sue you for scratching the paint or something silly like that.
      David G.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would have gotten the poor rich dude a tarp and put it over it and then monitored it for droops and spills at the first sight of incoming rain. I would either get a lot of satisfaction out of what I did, or a nice reward. Either way I'm happy. :)
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