It used to be you’d rarely see a Land Rover Defender without a spare wheel mounted on the bonnet. It was one of the most distinctive things
about Landies, right up there with the boxy front fenders and rattly windows.
As iconic as the Land Rover spare wheel mount is, though, it does have its problems. For a start, it doesn’t do a lot for visibility. Slapping a big tyre right in front of the windscreen instantly cuts forward visibility from pretty good to average at best, and that’s bad news.