Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by Sir WilliamLyons in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars beforedeveloping passenger cars. The name was changed to Jaguar afterWorld War II to avoid the unfavourable connotations of the SSinitials. Sale to BMC happened in 1966, which in 1968 merged withLeyland Motor Corporation and became British Leyland. Jaguar carstoday are designed in Jaguar Land Rover''s engineering centres atthe Whitley plant in Coventry and at their Gaydon site inWarwickshire, and are manufactured in Jaguar''s Castle Bromwichassembly plant in Birmingham. The Jaguar XK series was introducedat the Geneva Motor Show on 5th March 1996. The first generation ofthe series, the XK8, replaced the XJS and was available as a coupéand convertible. The XK8 was the first eight-cylinder vehicleproduced since the Daimler 250. The XK8 came with 17-inch alloywheels, leather interior, burr walnut trim, and side airbags asstandard. Originally registered on 28th August 1998, this XK8 coupé isfinished in sapphire blue with oatmeal leather trim and is fittedwith 18 inch wheels. Described by the vendor as being comfortableand luxurious to drive, these modern sports cars are available at afraction of the original price when new. Supplied with a V5registration document, a current MoT test certificate and offeredat no reserve, this Jaguar XK8 could well prove to be abargain.