For sale, the 196mph supercar with one F1 champion owner

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FANCY a used Nissan with one careful owner and very low mileage? It’s yours for £49,995.

But this is a very special used Nissan: It is a 196mph GT-R and the careful owner is former Formula One champion Jenson Button.

It is currently up for sale with Stowmarket-based car broker Steve Hurn Cars, alongside such rarities as a Ferrari Enzo and a Jaguar XJ220 (yours for £149,995).

It is the second car Steve Hurn has sold for the race ace, whose manager was a customer when Steve worked for a Ferrari dealer in Colchester.

But he has avoided mentioning Jenson in his website description of the car.

“I advertised his Bugatti Veyron as his and spent every day for a week replying to calls from press and TV. In fact, it seemed anyone who had a phone called!

“You don’t mind 10 year old kids ringing because they’re fans, but when you get grown ups wanting just to come and drive the car...”

Steve ended up having to check callers lived in the sort of house someone would live in if they were capable of buying a 253mph car that cost £1 million new.

Compared to the Veyron, the GT-R is more affordable. They cost £69,995 new and Jenson’s was registered in 2009, the year he became world champion.

He paid extra for factory-fit sat nav and a £3,000 factory done vehicle skinning job which turned car matt black, though Steve says that can be removed if the new owner prefers the original metallic blue paint.

It has a two-tone leather interior and is powered by a 523bhp 3.8 litre V6 pushing it to 62mph (100kph) in a breath-taking 3.1 seconds, which is a whole 10.6 seconds quicker than a Nissan Micra 1.2. Though the GT-R is one of the cheaper cars currently on Steve’s books, you will still need deep pockets to run it because its European combined fuel consumption is a thirsty 23.5mpg and you don’t want to think about it’s 16.3mpg urban consumption at £1.30 a litre. Oh, and you better get quotes for group 20 insurance.

Of course, when you are a millionaire Formula One driver, those sorts of things are not the reason you only do 1,600 miles in such an amazing car in a year of ownership. Friends say he simply did not have time to drive it, between racing and driving the other cars in his collection, which are said to include Mercedes DR520 estate, Ferrari Enzo, Porsche GT2, BMW M5 and a Volkswagen Camper for the quieter moments.

For more details about the GT-R visit www.shcars.co.uk.