When I was in the US in 86 one of my colleagues took me to a concert using his wife's car. I have no idea what it was but it was one of these old "boats" and it was so cramped inside. I had more room inside my Ford Escort hire car.
2006 Honda Jazz 1.2i-DSi S Vivid Blue Pearl
I remember photos sometimes of a mechanic standing in the engine bay working on the car. I remember quite a lot of open space and seeing the ground easily 50 some years ago, maybe not to stand in the bay but at least close to it on some of my folks' cars.