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Not that unlikely, depending on the year it was left there.
A few years back the UK introduced significant “Environmental Taxes”. The taxes meant you had to pay money to have your car scrapped. Unfortunately when a car is at the end if life it’s often owned by someone with not a lot of money. If money is tight it’s hard enough to find the, unexpected, money needed for a new car, let alone pay to have your old one scrapped. The result was that there was a huge problem with dumping of “dead” cars, with owners claiming it had been sold to some for cash so it wasn’t their legal problem. After the problem had dragged on for years the UK government adjusted the legislation and coincidentally the price of metal increased.
I think there is a very good chance this car was abandoned during the period when it cost money to have a car scrapped