Aerosmith’s original 1964 touring van found in woods
An automotive chunk of rock n roll history has been found and saved from a Massachusetts forest – sweet emotion, it's only the first gig wagon used by Aerosmith!
The 1964 International Harvester Metro used by legendary rock band Aerosmith has been saved! Discovered by the crew of reality TV show American Pickers, the long-lost wagon was the very first touring van used by the American rock band to move from gig to gig.
Unearthed on private property in Chesterfield, across the state from the band’s founding city of Boston, the find was showcased on the History Channel with footage displaying a dilapidated and rusty van bearing a custom graphic and ‘Aerosmith’ lettering. The van was then loaded onto a trailer and carted away – for restoration we hope!
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The landowner, known only as ‘Phil’, told American Pickers frontmen Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz that the van had been there ever since he bought the property from an unnamed individual who had a connection with the band.
Put in contact with Ray Tabano – a founding member of Aerosmith who was replaced yet returned to the group years later – Wolfe was told the van was used to attend gigs in New England.
'I’m afraid to say how long it is, but it’s been like 40 years since we’ve been in this thing,' Tabano explained during the show.
'We’d drive from Boston up to New Hampshire for $125, then after the gas, the tolls, and the food and back, we’d all make like $3 apiece.'
American Pickers bought the van from Phil for $25,000 although plans for the vehicle have not yet been disclosed. Here’s hoping it’s back in the saddle for a return to the road soon…
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