Three 'jewels' that 'Roma' has reminded us of


The film by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón employs three cars that were a sensation in the 70s

Much has been said this week about the film "Roma", by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, for his 10 nominations for the Oscars, which has raised all kinds of opinions for and against.

However, the extraordinary photography and setting that emanates this film in the 70s has not been questioned, having the cars an essential part of his story in Mexico City.

That is why here we detail the protagonist cars that appear in "Rome" and their characteristics of success in the country.


Beyond showing a social status by its width and height, the 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback of the family serves as an eyewitness to an absent father and a selfless mother.

Its extended dimensions made this model an aspirational car for the upper middle classes of that time.

Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback
Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback

It was one of the most luxurious cars of Ford at the time, which sought to take fans away from the Chevrolet Impala. It was powered by a V8 engine with 250 bhp, coupled to a three-speed automatic transmission. The Galaxie was commercialized from 1959 to 1974 with overwhelming success.


Due to its compact dimensions, the Renault 12 is acquired by the mother of the family in "Roma" to be the car that transports them daily.

Cleo, who helps housework at home, watches him carefully in front of him. Unlike the luxury emanating from the Galaxie, the Renault 12 was directly related to the practicality demanded by the Mexican public at that time.

Renault 12
Renault 12

Its compact dimensions made it a highly functional vehicle for those people who were only looking for a significant cost benefit. This car was a five-seater with front engine and traction, presumed a 1300cc engine and 56 bhp that was coupled to a 4-speed manual gearbox.


The mythical "Vocho" was also part of the vehicles owned by the family in "Roma". In one of the scenes, Cleo opens the chest to place the suitcases of the owner of the house before the astonished look of his wife.

The history of the VW Sedan is well known, although what stands out at that time is that just in 1967 the first Volkswagen Sedan had been produced at the Puebla plant.

VW Sedan
VW Sedan

Four years later, in 1971, the 200,000th Volkswagen Sedan was manufactured in Mexico. The model that appears in "Roma" already had a new engine cover and new round headlights.

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