LaFayette Motors Corporation was another one of the early innovators in the automotive world. The first innovation LaFayette contributed to the automotive world is the first digital clock in a car. The company was in business from 1919 to 1941 until Nash ultimately purchased it (via Abe Books).
The final car to have LaFayette branding was the Nash LaFayette, a car geared toward budget-minded consumers. The line was known for producing smaller, less expensive cars than the rest of the automotive industry. This could have finally contributed to the company’s demise.