Depends on why you're buying it. It sounds like you want a good specimen and not just a "beat on it 'til it breaks - just for fun car. If this is the case - spend the money and get the PHS documents.
Sounds like the title has an error can't be a 242 and 4 door.
The rear quarters must be from a '68....
IF you have doubts - pass on it. Many folks have purchased pretty nice cars but over time found lots of WTF is this - situation. You want to enjoy it - don't start with something iffy.
My 2 cents.
I actually would rather have a "fun" car. I wouldn't want something that's completely original or numbers matching, because I want to feel comfortable making it my own. I'm just trying to figure out what it is I'm starting with, as this will influence what price I consider if I decide to go look at it. TBH, I already know about the body damage present, and it isn't too bad, probably just need a driver's rear quarter panel. Unless there's rust I can't see, the rest of the body looks solid. The interior looks decent, and it runs well, so it seems like a solid place to start.
I hadn't considered that they could be '68 rear quarters, I guess that would explain it.
Verify the stamped VIN found on the drivers side rear frame rail behind the arch. It should be on the side.
x2 on getting the PHS documents to further ID the car as a true 242/GTO.
I will definitely do that if I drive up to look at it! Thanks!
Does anyone know if there is a way to get a replacement VIN tag for the normal dash location? I obviously have that tag on the door jamb, but it seems like, if the title is clean and matches the car, it should be possible, right? I know it might be difficult, as they can't make it too easy to create fake VIN tags, but is it at least possible?
I'll probably post some pics of the car tomorrow and see what you all think would be a fair value for it. I appreciate the help!