My brother's best friend had a rich Dad, who bought the kid a brand-new 1970 AAR 'Cuda, in the blue color that for some reason you rarely see. Quite a car for anyone, let alone a high school kid. It DID most definitely have the hood bulge. I always wrote it off to poor fit of a fiberglass hood on a steel body, as the few others that I saw when they were brand new all had the bulging hoods as well.
OK, I'm another one who has read through this entire topic with great anticipation. My first new car was a 1973 Laguna . . . and I would certainly buy a few of these when they are available. Can't wait to see the finished product. Incidentally, mine had the bench seat so having that option would be nice . . . but not critical. Please keep us posted as to how and when to order, and THANK YOU to you and everyone who has contributed to make this model a reality. Outstanding work.