The Cars Of Leonard Cohen: 1995 Nissan Pathfinder


You Will Drive Your Car
Here And There
Delivering And Fetching
And Neither The Traffic
Nor The Weather
Will Bother You
In The Least.

From A Life Of Errands
Book Of Longing By Leonard Cohen


When Gerrit Terstiege interviewed Leonard Cohen in July 2001, circumstances were such that, instead of the 20 minutes scheduled, he spent more than an hour with the Lord Byron Of Rock ‘n’ Roll, much of it in casual conversation about a wide range of topics, one of which was the kind of car Leonard drove. Because II was interested in what kind of car Leonard Cohen drove and thought that other fans might be interested as well, I decided to put together a series of posts about Leonard Cohen’s actual automobiles, those metaphorical cars he employed in his songs, and his thoughts about cars.

The first of these entries focuses, appropriately, on this except from the referenced Gerrit Terstiege’s interview with Leonard Cohen (July 2001):

I’ve had the same car for 7 or 8 years now. I had to get a 4-wheel-drive because of the mountain road which is covered with snow for a few months of every year and it’s quite a steep road with a lot of switchbacks. I drive a Nissan Pathfinder 95.

The image atop this post, a screenshot from a 1996 video, shows Leonard (in his monk’s robe) walking to his Pathfinder while the graphic directly above fom the same video pictures him driving the Pathfinder. The two photos below, taken by Lorca Cohen in 2014, show him with the same car. (I’m confident it is the same car because when the Duchess and I visited Leonard in Aug 2014, he wrote that we could identify his home by the 1995 Nissan Pathfinder parked in the driveway.)


All posts in this series will be collected at when they go online.

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