Don't really understand what that has to do with calling them a 1st gen. But to answer it let me put it this way. You have a '98. Doesn't it have the same features as a '97? Besides, most '08s do look like '07s.
My point is, in 20+ years I've never seen anyone not define 2nd gen F-bodies as '70 - '81. They share the same subframes, same fenders and doors (with minor changes to brace locations and the size of the door handle recess) glass (with the only change being the rear window which occurred after '74), etc.
Edited Jun 9, 2008 at 12:27 pm