Rare 1953-1957 oval window Beetle spotted
Beetles built before 1953 (and some during that year) looked almost identical to the KdF Wagen designed before WWII. Midway in 1953, Volkswagen changed the rear split windows of the Beetles, and added a slightly larger oval window. This oval window was said to increase visibility out of the rear of the car up to 33%. An Oval Window Bug is vastly more user friendly than its predecessor, the split window, while having much more character than its successor, built from 1958 on.