Van used by rock icons Aerosmith in '70s found in the woods

Angelo Anderson
August 9, 2018

The 1964 American Harvester Metro van, with some sweet R. Crumb-inspired art painted on the side, was found slowly crumbling away in the woods behind a farm in Chesterfield, Massachusetts, a town located just over a 100 miles west of Aerosmith's home base of Boston.

The 1964 International Harvester Metro van was tracked down by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the hosts of American Pickers, a reality television series shown on The History Channel.

The van sat not far from a house on the property of a man who goes simply by "Phil.' It was missing a door, sitting on flat tires and the paint was rusting off".

"We just got a piece of American rock and roll history", Wolfe said.

The pickers paid $25,000 for the van Wolfe called a "piece of American rock and roll history".

The property owner said the van was there when he purchased the land from someone who was connected to Aerosmith. "This guy is deep in the woods, he's off the grid, and I keep thinking to myself, 'what the heck would this van be doing here?'" Wolfe wonders as he and Fritz see the van for the first time.


It remains a mystery as to how the van ended up abandoned in the forest.

Knowing members of Aerosmith were MA natives, Wolfe and Fritz thought they could connect the dots to prove the van was authentic. Tabano confirmed the van was used by Aerosmith as it made its way to gigs in New England. Though it may be hard to picture now, given the van's dilapidated condition, the band once used the bus for transportation between local shows, according to Tabano.

'This is it, baby, ' the rocker said, as he took a look inside at the rotting interior, with a carpet on the ceiling that was falling off.

The stars of "American Pickers" discovered a van that belonged to Aerosmith in the 1970s. Tabano was in the band from 1970 to 1972, before being replaced by Brad Whitford.

The owner, Phil, was willing to part with the van - for a price.

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