Exactly... I have my '71 vert next to my '13 Boss LS and the boss is huge, especially on the width... It has been known for ions that the '71 was only slightly larger then the previous model year, wheel base increase etc. People chose to use this against the car, not recognizing the new model year positives ie: larger engine bay for the '71 easy 429 BB install and the 501ci engine that would have shown up in '72... Better power steering and many other improvements. The rear flat back 1/4 panel areas on the fastbacks also add to the the perceived increase in overall stature....The new design rage of the 70's was the under hood, cowl parked wipers that presented a clean uncluttered look. 73pony nailed it on the extra length of the hood over the cowl area giving a false longer car look. If you want another perspective of the 71's size, park it next to a 2016 Mustang. You'll be surprised how the 71 looks like it shrunk!!