Aerosmith’s International Metro tour van found on “American Pickers”
American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are no strangers to finding cars and motorcycles in barns and yards. This latest find of a 1964 International Harvester Metro van certainly carries a little more provenance than the other finds—the owner claimed it was a tour van for famed rock band Aerosmith.
In the episode that aired on July 30th on History channel, the two pickers follow a lead to western Massachusetts. The property owner, Phil, tells the hosts that the van was there when he purchased the land in 2005 but the previous property owner had connections to the famous rock group.
With a tale like that, finding the bottom of the story is in need of first-hand confirmation. Enter Ray Tabano. Tabano was a founding member and guitarist of Aerosmith, and gets in touch with the American Pickers team through a number of connections. He makes the trip out to confirm the authenticity of the van, and while looking at the rock and roll artifact, he even pulls out a photo of him with the old Metro from the early days of Aerosmith touring.
According to Boston.com, the rusty International was located just 100 miles west of Boston in the city of Chesterfield. In the end, the van is headed to a new home with Wolfe and Fritz after their offer of $25,000 is accepted. We can only hope that the van will get the restoration it deserves.