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World’s oldest Ford Mustang owner

Meet 97-year-old Swede Lennart Ribring, who’s just bought a brand new 5.0-litre V8 Ford Mustang.

Looking for a “little fun in life”, the nonagenarian thrill-seeker says the 412bhp fastback, capable of 155mph and 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, is “the real thing”.

Young-at-heart Lennart fell in love with Mustangs after being among the first in his native Sweden to buy an original model when it was launched in the 1960s.

Born in 1919, when the Ford Model T had only been in production for 11 years, Lennart got his driving licence at the first opportunity, when he turned 18 in 1937. Now he has treated himself to a new Ford Mustang fastback.

“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,” explained 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.”

The new Mustang, the first to go on sale across Europe since the model was first launched in the US 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.

Lennart’s race red sports car takes pride of place on his driveway at his home in Stockholm, Sweden.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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