Enzo Ferrari’s name was already legendary in racing circles, but the 250, first introduced in 1953 and built through 1964, was his first truly successful road car, the one that made the marque what it is today.

Here he’s pictured at his factory in Modena circa 1960 surrounded by a fleet of 250s destined for some of the world’s wealthiest and most discerning gents.

As the anniversary of Enzo’s birth fast approaches—February 18, to be precise—we offer this pictorial salute to the master and his equally iconic creation.

Buon compleanno, signor…