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F1 Champ Jenson Button Sued Over the Sale of His '70 Ford Bronco, Which Wasn't Really His

A nice car is always going to fetch good money, but that same nice car will see an immediate boost in value if it's been owned by a celebrity – and advertised accordingly. That's what happened with this custom 1970 Ford Bronco, according to a new lawsuit.
Jenson Button sold his girlfriend's 1970 Ford Bronco as if it was his, and the buyer is suing 24 photos
Photo: Instagram/Jenson Button (Composite)
Jenson Button sold his girlfriend's 1970 Ford Bronco as if it was his, and the buyer is suingJenson Button sold his girlfriend's 1970 Ford Bronco as if it was his, and the buyer is suingJenson Button sold his girlfriend's 1970 Ford Bronco as if it was his, and the buyer is suingJenson Button sold his girlfriend's 1970 Ford Bronco as if it was his, and the buyer is suingCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson ButtonCustom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson Button
In January 2022, Formula 1 champion and F1 Sky Sports pundit Jenson Button listed his custom 1970 Ford Bronco for sale with an auction company. The listing, which is still available as of the time of press, mentioned that he'd owned the car for the past four years and had personally requested the mods on it, which amounted to upgrades for performance and aesthetics.

These upgrades included raised suspension and new 17-inch wheels with BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, new shock absorbers, Fitech fuel injection, a fresh Optima battery and cut-off switch, a new steering column and steering wheel, a new audio system, a new paintjob with personalized touches, and period-correct cream leather interior.

A vintage Bronco in good condition is always an appealing option, but this one had more than just celebrity pedigree: it came from the personal fleet of an F1 legend and known car collector, so it was several times more desirable. The hammer dropped at $166,000, with Leo Eccles, the director of a British company, placing the winning bid.

Custom 1970 Ford Bronco owned by former F1 champion Jenson Button
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After more than two years, the Bronco is still in storage in the U.S., and Eccles is refusing delivery.

The reason for that is that he's suing Button for fraud on the claims that Button deliberately lied about owning the vehicle. It was never his and wasn't registered in his name; his then-girlfriend was the owner, and they both posted about it online at the time. She deleted those posts, but one of Button's is still available. Button also confirmed this in a podcast when talking about the fleet he had at his L.A. home.

According to legal documents filed in Los Angeles, Eccles says he contacted Button when he found out that the car wasn't his, asking for a refund. A similar Bronco would sell for $32,000, and Eccles' argument is that he overpaid believing this one belonged to Button. That Button drove it occasionally didn't amount to ownership, so Eccles wanted a full refund.

Jenson Button sold his girlfriend's 1970 Ford Bronco as if it was his, and the buyer is suing
Photo: Instagram/Jenson Button
He's also saying the vehicle is in a worse condition than advertised, which is the second reason he doesn't want it, according to one media outlet that saw the legal documents.

For his part, Button's lawyer accuses Eccles of having a bad case of buyer's remorse and just throwing around allegations to see what sticks. He says Button performed all repairs Eccles demanded and paid for them out of pocket, just like he paid for storage as Eccles asked. Eccles, on the other hand, has since been refusing delivery because he can't register the car in South Africa, where he's currently residing.

Eccles is accusing Button and his now-wife of fraud, intentional misrepresentation, and breach of contract and business code. He wants his money back and is probably seeking some kind of damages, too.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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