Re: PebbleBeach Concours2017 etc.
My guess is that the reason manufacturers show off at concours events is to:
1. Exhibit the talents of their design studios;
2. Test consumer reaction to designs and proposed design directions;
3. Create buzz for the brand.
They do that by designing and exhibiting cars that explore new niches or are not committed to production. Lincoln once did it; the last, iirc, was the MKR. So the idea that you don't want to show a concept that won't get produced doesn't hold water.
Clearly, Ford does not have those kinds of ambitions for Lincoln anymore since they show no signs of forward thinking when it comes to Lincoln concepts. Just more Ford-based pre-production stuff. That makes Pebble Beach irrelevant for us until Ford/Lincoln really shows us something.