A CAR fan bought back his MG nearly 30 years after swapping it.

Ex-surgeon Steve Ellams, 69, paid £2,500 for the GT Jubilee in 1990 and kept it for three years.

Steve Ellams, pictured with wife Jackie in 1991, thought he'd never see his MG again after exchanging it

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Steve Ellams, pictured with wife Jackie in 1991, thought he’d never see his MG again after exchanging itCredit: Bournemouth News
That was until he spotted it on the front cover of a car magazine this year

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That was until he spotted it on the front cover of a car magazine this yearCredit: Bournemouth News

He spent double that to get it off Trophy Cars, Lincs, after spotting it in Classic Car Weekly.

After a £3,500 refit the 45-year-old motor is worth £11,000.

Steve, wed to Jackie in Leeds, said: “I was just in the local supermarket and looked down at a magazine rack and there it was on the front cover.

“I showed the magazine to Jackie and said ‘do you know what that is?’ Straight away she knew it was our old car.

Steve lovingly restored the 1975 motor and took it to car shows all over the country

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Steve lovingly restored the 1975 motor and took it to car shows all over the countryCredit: Bournemouth News

“I contacted the garage to make sure it was the same one and paid a deposit there and then over the phone.

“We had our first date in it. Even she said ‘Welcome home’ when it arrived!”

Since repurchasing it, he's spent £3,500 on restorations

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Since repurchasing it, he’s spent £3,500 on restorationsCredit: Bournemouth News
The motor now has a value of £11,000

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The motor now has a value of £11,000Credit: Bournemouth News

He added: “Since buying it back I have brought it up to scratch which has been amazing.

“It still has its original log book which shows all the work its had done to it – including what I did last time around.

“It was very emotional reuniting him with the car after all these years.”

Steve says it was 'very emotional' reuniting with his car

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Steve says it was ‘very emotional’ reuniting with his carCredit: Bournemouth News
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