Granddad gets new Ford Mustang Fastback for 97th birthday

He’s almost a century old but that isn’t going to stop Lennart Ribring living on the edge as he plunges for the new Ford Mustang fastback.

What would you buy your granddad for his birthday? You might think of something knitted and cosy, but for 97 year old Lennart Ribring that would not be thrilling enough.

His birthday treat for himself was to get behind the wheel of the new 5.0 litre V8 Ford Mustang - the unique and iconic sports car which accelerates up to 155mph and goes from 0 – 62mph in 4.8seconds.

“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 as he collects his new car from his local Ford dealership, takes his son Michael for a spin, and shows it off to granddaughter Emilia.  

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 words of wisdom for those who look forward to being in the driving seat when they are almost a century old.

“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. Contact your local Lookers Ford dealership today for your next thrilling experience.