This got me wondering, so I just had to check it out. You're right; the annual and the prestige hoods are totally different; the underside detail doesn't match, and the prestige hood is fractionally longer.
Yes....409, Keystones...all non-stock pieces gone. This series of kits (Round2 called them "Mass Market" kits) were issued to appeal to first-time/casual modelers as opposed to us more serious hobbyists, they decided at the time to exclude all non-stock parts and include only the parts to assemble the kits as pictured on the boxes. The '55 Nomad in the series also got the same treatment.
Yes, I agree that the new-tool isn't a bad kit. I only say its unfortunate because, like Casey I would love to see the old-tool reissued in it's original form with all of the styling parts intact. Based on what I've heard re the condition of the old tool I doubt it will ever happen though.
One caveat though, Casey. Ninety percent of the kits I build for them are sourced from test shots or previous issues, not the actual production-ready Round2 releases. The parts pic above is the actual Round2 box art kit before it was assembled; it was built from an earlier AMT/Ertl VP Challenger. They weren't planning on making any changes re parts content at that time, but I suggested they get rid of the goofy-looking hemi valve covers I mentioned (they aren't shown in the pic). I haven't seen a production kit yet.
I think we're getting our boats mixed up here. The original MPC '69 and '70 annual Bonneville hardtops (not the convertibles) included a canoe that mounted to a roof rack. The boat included with the Model King reissue was never in an MPC box. It was originally the AMT Rayson Craft (c1963), later released (slightly modified) as the Hull Raiser (c1967). I can only recall two AMT kits that included the boat with a tow vehicle....the Quarter Masters (c1968) with the very-inaccurate '68 Firebird and the Aquarod (c1976) with the '70's Chevy van.
Here ya go. NOTE...the body still has the separate vinyl-textured roof, the body in the pic below has had the top sanded/molded in. Ertl also added a pair of ridiculous-looking faux-hemi valve covers to the VP kit with molded-in spark plug boots...I hope Round2 has blocked them off. Thankfully the correct 440 covers are still included.
This kit surprised me. A few months ago the guys at Round2 asked me if I could build a Lindberg '34 Ford pickup for them. Thinking it was the old ex-AMT kit we all know and love, I thought "Cool...can't wait, how do you want it done?". Well....then I found out it was...THIS kit! I got the kit, looked at their mockup pics, gritted my teeth and started building. When it was all done, I thought "Hey, that was kinda fun". I'll be buying another eventually....don't know what I'll do with it, but like a lot of you I would never have considered buying this one before.
Don't know if these pics help; it was built a couple of years ago (for someone else-I no longer have it). I don't recall if I had any issues with the headers, but it looks like they had to be mounted as close to the block as possible.