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Malfunction Junction Street Scene

We certainly hope your Monday morning commute is smoother than what is depicted this circa-1970 press or municipality highway department photograph. Without a police officer directing drivers through this rush hour scene, it appears as if the traffic flow was very close to becoming a gridlock at this intersection.

Share with us what you find of interest in this image taken at an unknown location via contributor Benjamin Ames.

22 responses to “Malfunction Junction Street Scene

  1. Something about the photo struck me as very odd. Then I realized that there is but a single pickup in the whole lot- at least that I can see. Here, nowadays, I have been stopped at busy intersections and every vehicle seen has been SUV or pickups. Times change.

  2. Up front appears to be a ’71 Cutlass Supreme Coupe (round turn signals vs rectangular on the ’70) and a ’70 Tempest sedan.

    Turning to our left from the other side, possibly the tail end of a ’69 Malibu Coupe, probably a ’68 Mercury Monterey Hardtop Coupe followed by a ’64 El Camino and an Opel GT. Turning to our right, a dark ’69 Catalina, a ’66 Impala Sport Sedan and a ’66 Comet.

    Driving away from us, a ’64 Biscayne sedan, a ’68 or later VW and a ’67 or ’68 Mercury possibly with the 2”-retracting Breezeway window

  3. Past the gas station on the left (with its “open 24 hours” sign) at the first street appears to be a Triumph TR-6

  4. There might not be a cop but I see a traffic light for pedestrians across the street at the left corner, it and appears to be green. I assume there is also a stop light for traffic.

  5. The small car turning, looks like a late 60’s Ford Cortina, with a Mustang hood scoop and K mart wheel covers. An Opel GT behind the El Camino and a TR6 way back, which would have been pretty new. Maybe a Fiat going the other way. And for the record, there were many “malfunction junctions”, the most famous I’ve dealt with, is the Loop in Chicago.

  6. The woman negotiating the intersection as a pedestrian has the courage of a pit bull. The term ‘intimidated’ is clearly not in her vocabulary.

  7. I live near the “roundabout capital of the U.S.” (some people call them rotaries) and they work well and are not malfunction junctions except in two cases: Because the cardinal rule is yield to traffic from the left, if there’s a solid string of traffic from that direction, no one else moves, and the other time they malfunction is when they are 2 lane roundabous (inner and outer lane) and someone who is inexperienced tries to turn right out of the inside lane across traffic that is continuing through. It happens.

    • Hi Richard, statistically, roundabouts are safer, but small fender benders went up ten fold, and a semi really screws things up, taking up the entire roundabout. I’ve seen lots of cars under semi trailers in roundabouts.

      • Hi, Howard. Trouble is some of those rotaries aren’t designed for the 53-foot trailers now in use. Some highway exits aren’t designed for double trailers either. As for fender benders, guy was telling me when they first put one up near his place, it seemed like it was paved with small pieces of broken tail-lights etc.

        • Howard and Jim: The city where these roundabouts are located have experience d the problems with semis you described. They passed a city ordinance that semis have the right of way, and cars may not enter a roundabout when a semi is using it.

  8. You can almost feel the swearing and cussin that picture brings to mind.My Dad would have been in his element.

  9. The Ford in the foreground is a ’69 LTD 4-door HT (A stand alone model, not part of Galaxie range).

    The Open GT is neat.

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