Yes, no doubt ‘close enough’ was often the way. I say make it the way yours was as that was ‘correct’ for your car! However I would NOT make it crooked as that would drive just about anyone nuts – no need to be OCD for that!
However having said all that, I have been ‘spending some quality time’ with my assembly manual and the moment I saw your photo I immediately thought ‘Well that is certainly not the correct spot’! Going back into my photos however mine was not exactly as the assembly manual stated either: they say the label should basically abut the edge of the lid, where mine is obviously around 1/2 inch away. I tend to do ‘as it was’ if I am fairly sure the car is unmolested as mine was – not as it should be by an assembly manual back in the 60’s. Maybe new Corvettes are ‘as assembly manuals’ but our 63 Jetfires certainly do not seem to follow that credo.