I honestly don’t think that they’re serious about selling the parts either. Judging from the seller’s comments they’re getting plenty of pleasure of showing off the parts they have that the rest of us don’t. Even if there’s a price on it, some things are never for sale, even if someone comes up with the cash. To some people just being able to say you have something and nobody else can have it is worth more than money. I could be totally off here, but the seller’s tone really rubs me the wrong way.
Right, to someone out there assembling the engine and running it would be a crime. Especially when you can reproduce one for less. Or build something more drivable and just as powerful for less. Personally I think they should donate it to GM Heritage Center and just take the tax write off.
There will be someone to pay this but there are few. Most will want to run this and if it is NOS then the value lies in the NOS part of this. Though rare RA5 heads can be found.
I saw a full aluminum GTO frame. Rare and expensive but even it did not sell at the Pontiac Nationals a few years ago.
Much of it comes down to demand.
I asked him for more photos and he declined so it's my considered opinion that he does not have the parts. The photo of that head looks like a stock image lifted from elsewhere....And wasn't it Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character who demanded "Show Me the Money!"?
A commenter here did mention that the seller is known to have a serious collection of rare Pontiac parts and does indeed have the parts he says he owns. If you check his other items for sale, there are other Ram Air V bits he has listed as well. So I wouldn’t be too concerned about them possessing the parts. Shame they didn’t wanna share though.
Disagreeing with the price and being a scam are different things. A scam would be taking your money without intent to give you the parts. I technically wouldn't call it gouging if there aren't any like kind or quality engines for sale at the same time, and nobody is forcing anyone to buy it. I think it is worse etiquette to report an ad because you disagree with the price more than asking too much.