The Seville took competitors Ford and Chrysler by surprise. A fast track program was implemented at Lincoln to introduce the Versailles by 1977. Lincoln used the Ford Granada/ Mercury Monarch platform as a base but did not have the time or the budget for all-new sheet metal. Chrysler was unable to fully respond until the early 1980s because its financial problems left it with scant resources to develop a smaller luxury automobile. GM’s 1977 full sized cars emerged with the Sheer Look bited many design cues of the Fiat 130 coupe. 37