Here is an unassuming-looking Volvo 142 that has been modified for racing, and is raced by
Jeff Lane. SCCA created the “Improved Touring (IT) class” race cars in the late 1980s.
This class is meant to be an entry-level racing class – the cars have to be at least five
years old, and only limited modifications are permitted. The Volvo 142 is classed in “ITB.” Bob Griffith, a Pennsylvania race car builder, created a “kit” to transform a street car into
a race car. Bob’s cars were referred to as “Volvos from Hell.” Most of the cars looked like H_ _ _, sounded like H_ _ _, and went like H_ _ _. The fun factor in this type of racing is unmatched considering the relatively low cost.
Manufacturer: AB Volvo
Country of Origin: Sweden
Drivetrain Configuration: Front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 4 cylinder, water cooled, 140 hp
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Top Speed: 105 mph
Years of Production: 1967-74
Number Produced: 520
Original Cost: $3,020