This auction a few days ago listed the VIN incorrectly, which several of us recognized as being impossible, leading many to believe the block was likely a restamp. I contacted the ebay lister, and obtained better photographs, and he determined the VIN was actually as he's posted it now (verified partially via the better photo he supplied to me), and also he sent a good pad photo, which shows a good stamping, and evidence of original broach marks, and I told him I believed the engine was proper and original. Kurt verified the stamping also as original below. I was very interested in this engine, due to it's low wear condition (std block, std crank as checked by a machine shop), AND it's proximity to my own car and engine (The engine was assembled 2 days before my own, and the car VIN appears to also be 2 days or so in front of my car). If someone knows of the car this engine came from, it would be an outstanding purchase... and also great to reunite the parts.
Although I could not verify the complete VIN from the photo supplied, the owner says he is certain now that he has the VIN correct and would guarantee it's accuracy if the car owner can be found.