Anyone who has ever forgotten where they left their car will empathise with the elderly German who has been re-united with his car twenty years after he reported it stolen.

The man reported his missing car to the police in Frankfurt in 1997.

Now, twenty years later city authorities in the city have found the car, and established the man had simply forgotten where he parked it. 

The vehicle was found in a garage in an old industrial building that is due to be demolished.

The Daily Mail notes when the car was parked "Helmut Kohl was Chancellor, "Titanic" was in cinemas and Arsenal were top of the league". The i-Phone was still ten years away. 

The car was in the way of the demolition so it was reported to the police who then investigated who the owner was.

According to German regional paper Augsberger Allgemein, the man, now 76-years-old, was driven by the police with his daughter to be reunited with the car.

The car was no longer capable of being driven and is to be scrapped. In fact, it is so decrepit that it is difficult to establish exactly what kind of car it is, although it looks like an early Japanese saloon.

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

Other media report that the incident is reminiscent of another German case, in which a man was reunited with his vehicle two years after parking up and going on a drinking binge in Munich, only to forget where he’d parked.

He reported it missing and eventually police found the vehicle 4km away from where the man thought he’d parked it.

It had €40,000 in cash in the boot which was, surprisingly, recovered along with €50,000 worth of tools.