97-year-old Lennart Ribring is the oldest Ford Mustang driver in the world

Article by Christian A., on November 21, 2016

Nobody could be too old to drive a Ford Mustang, and a GT version nonetheless! That is what was just proven by Lennart Ribring, a former businessman from Stockholm, Sweden, when he recently purchased a new Ford Mustang GT as he celebrated his 97th birthday. And of course, he will not be chauffeured off in his new Mustang, as he intends to drive it as his personal mobility service. Looks like the thrill and excitement of driving an American muscle still live inside Ribring despite being that old.

Ribring was both in 1919 – a year after the First World War ended and 11 years since Ford commenced the production of its Model T. When he turned 18 in 1937, one of the first things he did was to get his driving license, and from then on his passion for driving started to grow and continue even though he is now 97 years of age.

When the Ford Mustang became available in the 1960s, Ribring was one of the first people in Sweden who had the privilege to own this piece of iconic pony car. More than half of a century later, Ribring – knowing what it feels to drive a Mustang – got himself treated to the latest iteration of the pony, the 2017 Ford Mustang GT.

With a Ford Mustang GT as his personal ride, it is fairly easy to see how Ribring loves to have a little fun. He remarked he fell in love with the first Mustangs, and since then he hardly thought about another car. He added that driving a Mustang makes him feel like the king of the road. He quipped that in his old age he wanted to have to drive and have a little fun in life. Well, Lennart does hope to become a member of the ton-up club, which is comprised of those aged 100 years and up.

Ribring’s new ride is a red 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that delivers 435 hp (324 kW) of max output and 400 lb-ft of peak torque. With this amount of power at hand, Ribring would be able – at least theoretically – to accelerate his Ford Mustang GT Fastback from standstill to 60 mph (96 kmh) in just 4.8 seconds. Likewise, this Ford Mustang GT Fastback has an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph. Now, that is lot of fun ahead for Ribring!

In his age, Ribring sure has a lot of experience on the road. He has given us some wise words for drivers of all ages --we have to first learn about a car properly and to always think about safety.

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THE 97-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED INTO A MUSTANG AND DROVE IT AWAY; PASSION FOR ICONIC CAR SPANS HALF-A-CENTURY

How to spend your 97th birthday? For Lennart Ribring the answer was easy. Behind the wheel of a unique and iconic sports car.

Born in 1919, when the Ford Model T had only been in production for 11 years, Lennart got his driving licence at the first opportunity, when he turned 18 in 1937. Now he has treated himself to a new Ford Mustang fastback.

Capable of 155mph and 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, the race red sports car, takes pride of place on Lennart’s driveway at his home in Stockholm, Sweden.

“My name is Lennart Ribring. I’m 97-years-old. I drive a 5.0-litre V8 Ford Mustang fastback and I’m really happy,” he says in a video that captures the moment when Lennart picks up his new car from his local Ford dealership, takes his son Michael for a spin, and shows it off to granddaughter Emilia. https://youtu.be/xe69Az-sIQE

Lennart, who also enjoys sailing, was among the first people in the country to buy an original Ford Mustang in the 1960s. Now, more than 50 years later, it could be that he’s one of the world’s oldest Mustang drivers.

“I fell in love with the first Mustangs that came out and I have hardly thought about another car since. You felt a bit like king of the road.” said Lennart. “I don’t have long to live now, maybe. So, I want to take the opportunities I have to drive and have a little fun in life. This is the real thing.”

A retired businessman who still works part-time as an accountant, Lennart also has some wise words for those who plan on still being behind the wheel when they are approaching 100.

“I would encourage younger drivers to let their porridge cool down first,” said Lennart. “Learn about a car properly before you drive it. You must always think about safety.”

The new Mustang, the first to go on sale across Europe since the model was first launched in the U.S., in 1964, is available as a fastback or convertible, and with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, as well as the 5.0-litre V8.

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