Lennart Ribring is proof personified that you’re never too old to have fun – he’s just bought a race-red V8 Mustang at the tender age of 97
When Lennart was born way back in 1919, the First World War had only recently ended, prohibition had just been ratified by three quarters of the states in the U.S., and Ford’s Model T was in its 11th year of production.
Cars have always been close to Lennart’s heart. He got his driving licence in 1937 when he was aged 18 and he was among the first people in his native Sweden 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.
This retired businessman has just treated himself to a gorgeous new 5.0-litre Mustang fastback. Capable of 249 km/h (155 mph) and 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.8 seconds,
it takes pride of place on Lennart’s driveway at his home in Stockholm.
“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 special video showing on @FordOnline 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.
“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,” added 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.”
Remarkably, Lennart still works part-time as an accountant, and he 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.”
His son, Michael, told @Ford: “Family is important for Lennart. He likes spending time with us. I thought it was fantastic when he came over in his new Mustang. His eyesight is good and his reaction is good. He drives with a confidence that many others do not have.”
He added: “Lennart taught me to drive in a Ford Mustang when I was younger. Now I think he’s trying to teach my daughter, Emilia.”