Eager to earn some hard currency, the Soviets prepped the Lada for export in 1974 when Fiat finally retired its 124, allowing its slab-sided Commie cousin to compete with a very low sticker price. It was surprisingly popular in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, where its simple, do-it-yourself maintenance regimen and decent reliability resonated with unsophisticated car buyers. More than 18.5 million Fiat-based Ladas were produced in total, some of which were built under licence elsewhere. Ladas were commonly used as police cars and taxis all over the world — some even racking up half-a-million kilometres — thanks to their uncomplicated design and ease of repair.
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A 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sold for $1.3 million. Do you think classic cars were made better than modern rides?
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- Yes, the quality of cars from the 1960s and '70s is the best
- No, modern technology makes cars better today
- Maybe, it's hard to say since most Canadians get a new car every 10 years