Not everyone was thrifty during The Era. One of my Dad's classmates (public high school, 1930) was squired around in a new chrome-plated Cadillac (the whole body was chromed, not just the trim and bumpers). Pretty flashy (no pun intended) for the depths of the Depression. The car embarrassed the kid to death, but his parents evidently had other values at play -- made a lasting impression on my Dad, who disliked much chrome on a car for the rest of his life.
Edit -- just thinking about that Cadillac -- the driver must have needed to wear welder's goggles on a sunny day . . .