Willie Nelson’s old tour bus will be available for rent

Michael Tashnick and Taylor Perkins in front of the Willie Nelson van they bought off Craigslist.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Austin entrepreneurs bought Willie Nelson’s old tour bus which, if you remember, a man from Tyler was selling on Cragislist earlier this month.

Taylor Perkins, founder of Austin Restaurant Week and Vintage Innovations, and his business partner, Michael Tashnick made the winning bid for the 1983 Eagle tour bus made for Paul English, Nelson’s best friend and Family Band drummer.

Perkins and Tashnick said the bus will be available for rent for festivals, concerts and other events. This venture ties in perfectly with their company Vintage Innovations, which restores and rents vintage Airstreams, buses and other classic vehicles. The entrepreneurs also said they will donate part of the proceeds from the rentals to Farm Aid, the charity co-founded by Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp to support family farms.

The bus gets 7 miles per gallon with the generator running. Initially, the owner posted an asking price of $29,999 but due to the “extremely high demand” the price sky-rocketed and the men walked away with the bus after paying more than $80,000 for it.

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