A reader named Matthew with a rich Australian friend sent us these pictures of a Rolls-Royce in his rich friend’s luxury apartment complex. What makes these pictures notable is the thick, creamery irony they’re saturated in, involving a protective Rolls-Royce cage, and how that cage itself proved the car’s greatest enemy.
Here’s the backstory: rich guy buys $645,000 (Australian dollars) Rolls-Royce a few weeks ago, and then decides the parking structure of the luxury apartment building just wasn’t secure enough to safeguard his Roller.
Sure, the parking garage is already full of Ferraris and Lambos and McLarens and other budget-minded, down-market crap like that—clearly the Rolls needs to be sequestered in some way. Hence the cage.
The Rolls owner had a custom cage built surrounding his parking space to protect the Rolls-Royce, sort of like how you’d protect a $500,000 labradoodle.
Unfortunately, that very cage, built with the sole purpose to protect the car, also proved to be what caused a good amount of damage to the car, since the owner soon found that navigating in and out of the cage was a challenge beyond his skills, and ended up driving into one of the cage’s support poles and walls, causing a surprising amount of damage to the car.
The steering was damaged along with a good bit of bodywork on the side and rear, plus the loss of a marker light that probably costs more than most of the objects I interact with every day.
Eventually the Rolls had to be towed away.
Cars aren’t meant to be kept in cages. Especially if you’re pretty shitty at parking as it is.