Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Lovable Ladas

La-la-lada

I suspect the main reason -- apart from a bargain pricetag and tank-like design -- that LADAs were sold worldwide in the 1970s and 1980s was that the name rolls of the tongue. La-la-la... LADA. I can't imagine us lazy tongued foreigners embracing the Moscovitch, Volga or (heaven forbid) a Zaporozhetz with the same gleeful enthusiasm.

The most famous LADA is the ВАЗ-2101 -- how's that for a name that rolls off the tongue? The 2101 was introduced in 1970 with your choice of three powerplants ranging from 1.2 to 1.5 L. They put out anywhere from 60 to 75 HP on a good day. On a bad day, LADA owners discovered that these little cars are easy to repair. The 2101 was based on the successful Italian Fiat 124, produced from 1966 through 1974, although the Russian version was pumped out for another 14 years.

AutoVAZ is still in business, turning out a range of sedans and even several variants of the very cool LADA 4X4. The company entered into a manufacturing agreement with GM a few years ago and now produces the very sleek Chevrolet NIVA 4x4 along with a couple of smaller models.

The modern LADA lineup
An American Lada enthusiast site

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