Hosts Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe stumbled upon the 1964 American Harvester Metro van for a recent episode of the History Channel reality show.
According to Boston.com, the van’s authenticity was confirmed by former Aerosmith member, Ray Tabano.
Tabano was the band’s original rhythm guitarist, who left the group after one year.
The rusty vehicle was found behind a farm in Chesterfield, Massachusetts. The town is located just over a 100 miles west of Aerosmith’s home base of Boston.
Tabano, who was in the band from 1970 to 1972 before working for the group in later years, said the van was like a “rolling hotel”.
“I’m afraid to say how long it is, but it’s been, like, 40 years since we’ve been in this thing,” he told the programme.
“We’d drive from Boston up to New Hampshire for $125 [per gig]. Then after the gas, the tolls, and the food and back, we’d all make like $3 apiece.”
In the episode, which aired on July 30, Wolfe reached out to a friend, The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach, who then sent photos of the van to Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
It’s not known how the van ended up abandoned in the forest but the owner of the property where it was located said the vehicle was there when he bought the land from someone who was supposedly connected with Aerosmith.
American Pickers paid Phil, the property owner, $25,000 for the van, with Wolfe calling it “one of the biggest and most iconic pieces of rock and roll history.”