A German man has found his car - 20 years after forgetting where he parked it.

Back in 1997, when Helmut Kohl was chancellor and Titanic was in cinemas, a forgetful fellow left his car in Frankfurt.

But when he tried to find it again, he failed - telling the police it had been stolen, the Daily Mail reports.

Twenty years later, however, and the old motor was found right where he'd left it, the Augsberger Allgemein reported.

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Builders were prevented from demolishing a garage because of the car, so police tracked down the owner - now 76 - and re-united him with his long-lost vehicle.

But since it no longer worked - and as he was evidently not the sentimental sort - he said he didn't want it anymore.

Frankfurt authorities said: "The car can no longer be driven and will be sent to the scrap heap".

Earlier this year, a man from Scotland who left his BMW in a car park in Manchester for six months was reunited with his vehicle.

He'd parked it outside the Etihad Stadium for a Stone Roses gig.

It is believed the man searched for the car for days but to no avail - until police found it exactly where he'd left it half a year later.

He was said to have racked up parking fines of nearly $10,000.