The classic car, which the former Beatles star bought in 1971 and used in his Imagine video, was donated to the Austin Rock & Roll Car Museum in Texas in 2008 by then-owner Milton Verret.

It is expected to fetch upwards of $249,500 (£190,000) when it goes on sale at London’s Battersea Evolution on 7 September (16).

Last month (Jun16), a shirt with Lennon's blood stains on it sold at auction for $40,700 (£31,000), after it was initially expected to only reach $9,200 (£7,000).