Silver Seat Toledo, which was abandoned near Muchelney on Christmas Eve, became a familiar sight in the media for the last few months.

Zajaczkowski, the car’s owner, was disheartened to find out that the staggering offer for his car turned out to be a fake by a 12-year-old boy being egged on by his older brother.

“I was quite shocked how high the bidding was. But I did contact the top bidder and he was not legit,” said Zajaczkowski.

“I did think it was too good to be true but when it is for charity and people have lost their homes you hope for better. If it was someone much older and genuine, I would report them to eBay. But now I don’t know,” he added.

Zajaczkowski admits the car, which has clocked up 110,000 non-nautical miles, is “not in working condition".

The 21-year-old now says he has been in touch with the next highest bidder for the car and hopes he will be able to sell it.