Lennart Ribring of Sweden bought this brand new Ford Mustang GT for his 97th birthday.
Age is just a number. In the case of former Swedish businessman Lennart Ribring, that statement couldn’t be more true. Looking for a "little fun in life," and in celebration of his 97th birthday, he picked up a brand new Ford Mustang GT as his daily driver.
Born eleven years after the original Ford Model T was introduced (1919), Lennart got his license when he turned 18 in 1937. He was one of the first people in Sweden to own an original Mustang in the 1960s, and now, more than 50 years later, he could be considered the world’s oldest Mustang driver.
“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.”
Of course, his new Mustang is a bit quicker than the original from 1964. With a 5.0-liter V8 producing 435 horsepower (324 kilowatts), the GT is able to hit 60 mph (96 kmh) in just 4.8 seconds, and continue on to a limited top speed of 155 mph.
Lennart hopes to soon be part of the ton-up club – drivers aged 100 years and over – and encourages young drivers to “learn about a car properly before you drive it." Good advice for all ages.