The 97-Year-Old Man Who Climbed into a Mustang and Drove it Away

November 11, 2016

“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.”

The Ford Model T was just 11-years old when Lennart, from Stockholm, in Sweden, was born. And he was among the first people in the country to buy an original Ford Mustang, in the 1960s – a car he never forgot.

“I fell in love with the first Mustangs that came out and I have hardly thought about another car since,” Lennart, told us when we filmed him picking up his new car and driving to show it off to his family. “You felt a bit like a travelling king.”

“I don’t have long to live now, maybe,” Lennart added pragmatically, after getting behind the wheel of his new race red Mustang.  “This is the real thing. I want to take the opportunities I have to drive a little and have a little fun in life.”

 

Lennart, a successful businessman who still works part-time as an accountant, also has some wise words for those of us who plan on still being behind the wheel when we are approaching 100.

“I would encourage younger drivers not 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 Ford Mustang is the first to go on sale across Europe since the model was first launched in the U.S., in 1964.

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