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.