When we think of comfy, long-distance road cars, there are a few obvious choices. A Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Bentley Continental GT or, assuming fuel efficiency isn't paramount, a Range Rover are all good options for a road trip. But what if that road trip was 37,000 miles? Maybe something more reliable but still comfortable, then, like a Honda Accord. What about a 1967 Datsun Roadster?

As insane as it sounds, Scott Fisher is doing just that, running a Datsun 1600 Roadster across North America and racking up 13,500 miles in his first three months on the road. His total journey will see him pile over 37,000 miles on his red convertible. The car is lightly modified, but most of the work is for the sake of reliability and comfort, with a five-speed manual 'box, an upgraded radiator and electronic ignition.

Fisher's trip hasn't been all smooth, with a few typical bits of trouble. He also ran into some deer in Utah, quite literally, clipping one of the animals, which delivered quite a bit of damage to the passenger's front fender (hence the rear three-quarter view in our lead shot). Still, the car seems to be holding up well, as shown in this latest video from Petrolicious.

Scroll down for the full video on Fisher and his Datsun.
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      rcavaretti
      • 9 Months Ago
      What's so odd about touring in a vintage car? No distractions, just motoring bliss.
      GLK
      • 9 Months Ago
      I owned a 1969 Datsun 1600 Roadster for many years. Bought it used in the late 70s from a guy that brought it up to OH from Anaheim, CA. It was a fun toy. Many years later I sold it to a guy that was as big as my entire front doorway. He drove merrily away with his head above the windshield and the car listing to port.
      Brodz
      • 9 Months Ago
      Such a pretty little things. Shame Nissan don't make anything like it anymore.
      MikeInNC
      • 9 Months Ago
      I've always thought these were really great looking roadsters. With the top down it really resembles the modern day S2000 by Honda but obviously no connection. I tried to buy a 2.0 back in the 80's but at the time, didn't have the cash to do it. I looked at a 1600 in the early 90's but it was a little too far gone to fix up. I still love the design though. Maybe get a roller and do a modern engine, suspension and brake set-up on it. That would be a nice driver and still look like a beautiful vintage car.
      Jeffrey McCollum
      • 9 Months Ago
      13500 miles in the first 3 months ? That is about 150 miles a day, less than half of what I drive on average a day ? The old Nissan (Datsun) nice, sure, but so what ? My my 2013 Nissan shows 101000 on it and my new 2014 is at 10,000. Nissans are good cars
        txdesign
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jeffrey McCollum
        Really, do you have to be "that" guy? The guy at a party who starts every sentence with "That's nothing, I just did yada yada yada...". Everybody loves that guy - so much fun to talk to. And your new Nissan is better than his 60s ragtop. Why are you even on Autoblog?
        Kevin Spears
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jeffrey McCollum
        yes they are, i love them i had a sentra go over 330,000 miles and my neighbor bought it from me, drove it to over 470,000 miles and sold it again. still running strong with only a few minor issues, such as a bad passenger power window but nothing major. had a pathfinder for 4 years great truck, only reason i did not have it longer it got hit and totaled. another sentra that i wrecked also a great little car and an xterra i sold due to poor mpg but ran smooth at almost 200,000 miles (bought it at 150,000)
        Dr Zoidberg
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jeffrey McCollum
        This one time, at band camp...
      Da Kine
      • 9 Months Ago
      The 2000 Roadster is far better than the 1600.
        geraldine.mcdade
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Da Kine
        I had a 69' SRL311 2000 and it was a fun and fast car for the time (early 70's) I had it. Was stock except for a header I put on it. I drove it back and forth from NC to Chicago at least a dozen times and it never left me stranded. It would give me about 30 mpg and still go 110mph. My dad was a chevy mechanic and at first would hardly talk to me about it but he later came to respect the little car.......
      Worx2749
      • 9 Months Ago
      And I thought a Miata had no headroom.........
      Bambi Burke Johnson
      • 9 Months Ago
      Are you wishing for this Roaster? Will wish no more... I have this exact 1600 Datsun Roadster for Sale...Same Color! Listed on Hemmings also on autotraderclassics Fantastic-Fun-Daily Driver
      baseballgrassguy.mark
      • 9 Months Ago
      The SPL (1600cc) was much more reliable than the SRL (2000cc) although the 135hp in the 2 Liter was a lot more fun tto drive han the 96 hp in the 1600. I had a '66 1600 with a 5-speed out of a 2000 and it was a great combo. I note his has aftermarket wheels, a nice upgrade that was not available without spending really serious money back in the day. Can't imagine why you would take such a long road trip in a care with so little trunk space and only a shelf behind the driver and passenger seats.
      Bernard
      • 9 Months Ago
      I hope he gets that crash damage fixed. I hate seeing damaged cars on the road.
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      I love roadsters of that era, Fiat,Alfa, MG, Triumph, etc. just an engine, & mt: no whole bunch if electronic crap. Just a car.
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