Thank you Redman,
Of the Goats, '68 and '69 are my favorites. Yours look to be a beautiful specimen.
I do see three consoles on eBay that are being represented as original. Heck, I thought the console I had was original, so I am a little concerned with a used one. I know NOS parts are getting scarce, but a guy can wish.
Yes, 242 are the first 3 numbers of the VIN. I am a Pontiac newbe, having purchased the Goat from a close friend. I had stopped by his shop, just to visit and he had it on a lift with the endura bumper, and enough other parts removed to see that the car (a California car originally) had no rust and only one small body repair visible from the inside of the front right fender (about the size of a half dollar). He had an appointment to sell the car, that afternoon, to the CNBC show The Car Chasers. He said he would rather I have the car, than someone he didn't know...so.
While I really wasn't looking for a car, the overall rust free condition, the fact it was a '70 model (the year I got my driver's license), and the fact I was in the process of trying to buy a '69 Goat when the first gas embargo hit us (the seller told me it only got 9 mpg), gave me enough incentive to open my wallet. I also thought that it would make a great father/son project. By the way, mine gets 9mpg also.
My MOPAR buddies are giving me a little heck about it, though.
The car looks to be just a lightly used old car. It has had an exterior respray in the original (or close to it) color, and the carpet replaced, and apparently the console, but overall, it appears to be unrestored, or messed with in a major way. Little problems here and there, but a great base for a project.