Police are trying to figure out how a 1982 Ford Capri ended up at the bottom of a lake at the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepont near Nottingham after it was extracted last week.

The classic car, which was discovered during a routine weed inspection in the Regatta Lake, has been recovered by Nottinghamshire police and they’re now trying to solve the rather soggy puzzle of how it got there in the first place.

It is not known how long the 33-year-old Capri has been under the water. Its condition when it was retrieved suggests it may have been there for a number of years and the DVLA confirmed that it hadn’t been taxed since 1993.

The once-blue Y-reg coupe was covered in algae and had a family of eels living in it. Nottinghamshire Police released a video on YouTube of the car being dragged out of the river last week:

DS Sawdon told the Nottingham Post: “I suspect it was stolen but it might have been there for so long that we’ll never know. The car’s registration plate shows it was registered in 1982. I joined the police in 1988 so it may have been down there longer than my 26 years as an officer.”

Chair of Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust, Brian Taylor, said he is pleased the vintage car has been recovered: “It’s amazing the things that people throw away. The police were fantastic and we are pleased that no one else was involved.”

Hucknall speed skater Jack Whelbourne is hoping to get his hands on the classic coupe with an aim of restoring it to raise money for charity. In a slightly better condition without the algae and eels, a pristine Capris can fetch around £15,000 these days.

“I’m going to enquire and see if there’s any way I can get my hands on it,” he told the Nottingham Post. “It’d be cool to work on such a weird project and if I can get local businesses involved and keep it in Nottingham, it’d be even better.”

And he doesn’t seem to be the only one keen on bringing the Capri back to it’s former glory. First and foremost, though, the police are trying to figure out who the car’s registered keeper is. If nothing is uncovered there, the car could be scrapped or auctioned.

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