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

Aerosmith's 1970s-era tour van is seen in Chesterfield. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz hosts of the show paid $25,000 for the 1964 International Harvester Metro van

Decades later, the dated yet iconic van has been found, and the people who located it know a thing or two about nostalgic vehicles.

Aerosmith's first tour van has been found abandoned in woods near Chesterfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, about 110 miles west of Boston.

Knowing members of Aerosmith were MA natives, Wolfe and Fritz thought they could connect the dots to prove the van was authentic.

The man who owned the land, identified in the episode only as Phil, told host Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz that the van was there when he bought the property from another person who had some sort of connection with the band.

While there, they discover a broken down vehicle with flat tires, missing door and rusting paint.

The van's authenticity was confirmed by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, and by Ray Tabano, a founding member of Aerosmith. Tabano then apparently got a call from his old bandmate and made his way over to the farm to confirm its legitimacy.

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"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?'" Mike Wolfe mused on the van's unexpected location.

Wolfe bought the fan off the owner of the property on which it was found for $25,000 - referring to it as "a piece of American rock and roll history". 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 when he climbed inside the van, calling it their rolling hotel.

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

The stars of History Channel's "American Pickers" never expected to come across a hunk of rock and roll history, specifically a piece of Aerosmith's history, while filming their hit show.

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