Why didn’t Ford just badge their Lincoln models as the Vignale line? I know a lot of the criticism of the Vignales is that they aren’t different enough from the normal Fords, which is easily solved by using the Lincoln models. It would also allow the cost of the Lincoln models to be spread to another market.
Even if they simply retooled the European plant to add some Lincoln features to the Vignale cars it may have been more distinct.
It just seems inefficient to come up with two different versions of premium Fords