The AMT's biggest appearance fault is the front and rear fasciae- they're just a tad wider than the body. Nothing a little sanding can't cure, just be careful to mount them nice and square and you should be fine. Just something to watch out for.
I was in the same boat back then too. Another one I missed was the Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition from 2000, the one with the trailer and Dyna Glide. Never saw that kit on the shelves when it was current and didn't know it existed until about seven years later. Did manage to nab one yesterday. But if I'd known about it back then I'd probably have ten of the things.
Pretty much anything and everything by Johan. Wasn't even aware of them until I was about 12 (1994) and even back then it was a little too late. I've made amends by snapping up a few over the years since.
That's not the date, it's a countdown timer for a bomb. RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But back to the matter at hand, no, I've never done a model to match the box art. It's temped me- there are times when I couldn't decide on a color and thought "well, it looks good in that color on the box, why not?". But so far I've never gone ahead with that idea.