It’s always thrilling to stumble upon lost relics from the early hard rock and heavy metal history, but it’s even better when the old stuff is found in completely unexpected locations.
As Boston.com reports, an old van used by Aerosmith in their formative days was found in woods right behind a privately owned farm in Chesterfield, Massachusetts. The town is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) away from Aerosmith’s home city of Boston.
The discovery was made on the History Channel show called “American Pickers” where two scavengers, Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, tracked the van down on a property of a guy named Phil. Years ago, he bought the land from someone who had a connection with the band.
According to the owner, the van was there when he purchased the land. The vehicle in question has seen some action with Aerosmith back in the early 1970s when they used it to travel to gigs around New England. The model was identified as 1964 International Harvester Metro.
Fritz and Wolfe were originally unsure whether the van was actually used by the band but this was confirmed by Ray Tabano, the guitarist and founding member of Aerosmith who left the band in 1971. Tabano offered:
“I’m afraid to say how long it is, but it’s been like 40 years since we’ve been in this thing.
“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.”