Classic Iron: 1961 Hoyt Volvo Belly Tank Racer

Here’s one you probably haven’t seen before! Built by US Air Force pilot Albert Hoyt in 1961, this aluminum belly tank racer competed in a number of SCCA events throughout the early 60s. And now, this little piece of Volvo history is for sale.

Motoring Investments is listing the “Only one in the world!” special for under 30,000 USD- but just. For that, you get an ultra lightweight racer powered by a 70 HP, 544-derived OHV 4 cylinder engine mated to a 4 speed transmission. That may not sound like much- and, it isn’t- but it’s more than enough to get this bantam weight to triple-digit speeds. If you’re brave enough to try, that is!

You can check out the seller’s listing and description, below, and a bunch of great, historic photos of the car running in SCCA races below that. It’s worth a look- and I’d love to know what you think of this one-off slice of Volvo racing heritage in the comments at the bottom of the article.


    Lotus Six-Like: Hoyt Special 1961

    One-of-one Hoyt Special, similar in concept to a Lotus Six/Seven, Albert Hoyt built this Special in 1961 and competed in F-Modified with the SCCA at such tracks as Elkhart Lake, Mid America and the occasional USAF air base in the early sixties. He designed and scratch built the tube frame, then hand fabricated the all aluminum body from an aircraft drop tank (being a fighter pilot, Al had easy access to such items).

    The engine/transmission, complete drive train, suspension and brakes were from a donor 1961 Volvo 544. Even the speedometer was used. The donor car was basically brand new with 250 miles on it. Al’s son Mike who can be seen in some of the early photos confirmed that the 8100 miles showing now is the actual on the drive train. The differential is a limited-slip unit.


1961 Hoyt Volvo Special | Historic Photos

Source | Images: Bring a Trailer, via Motoring Investments.

Volvo Jo

I've been in and around the car industry for over twenty years. Sometimes racing, sometimes selling, sometimes fixing- sometimes, even just washing!- but Cars and Trucks and Things That Go are what I'm all about.