We’re pretty sure this is fact but there’re really nothing more expensive in the world of the small block Chevy than putting a nut and bolt late 1950s fuelie engine together. Seriously. Guys are getting $12k plus for the FI units and then you have to have the correct ancillary pieces to go with it, like say exhaust manifolds. In this case we found a guy selling a right hand manifold that belongs on a 1958 vintage fuel injected car and it carries an asking price of $6,500 bucks. That is for ONE cast iron exhaust manifold. In essence you’d be closing in on $30,000 into this engine before you really had anything to bolt this stuff to following along with the pricing of the stuff we just mentioned.
It’s the same point we bring up every time we see items like this that are priced to the moon for something as simple as an exhaust manifold but the decision to buy it is purely a business consideration. Firstly how much value does it add to the car, secondly can I find another one, thirdly, am I mentally ill? If the answers are “a lot”, “probably not”, and “yes” you’ll be the person triggering the purchase. The reality is that a fuelie 1958 Corvette restored to a Bloomington Gold standard is going to be an insanely valuable car and the guy selling this manifold really understand that the only person who would want it in the first place is someone with enough money and singular focused drive that they would score it. We just wonder why the guy had this manifold for so long?!
So you can score a repop for under 300 bucks and make it look damned close or buy this original for $6,500. You tell us what the better option is.