Of course, the story always changes. The ebb and flow of the luxury car business saw non-American brands take over the marketplace once ruled by Cadillac and Lincoln. While the former “standard of the world” began chasing the Germans with its international interpretation of their iconic design, Lincoln stuck its guns by continuing to be an American luxury car brand.
The answer above would be a proper response to the question of the Panther platform's longevity. It also serves as a reminder as to why Panther platform cars are recycled at a greater rate than any vehicle ever made in the past 35 years. Everywhere you go – regardless of the average income of a neighborhood, you will find more than one such rear-wheel drive dinosaur driving around the block.