PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- Oh, you've got a whole lot of money and think that entitles you to any car you want? There's a waiting list full of like-minded people just waiting for you to join the bottom of their pile.
Exclusivity is tough to come by in a world of 7 billion people or so. As economies around the globe evolve and advance, newfound wealth is turning global roadways and driveways into the next iterations of London, Monaco or Dubai. Even in the U.S., the overall automobile market is starting to favor the sellers again. After plummeting to roughly 10.4 million vehicles sold in the U.S. at the height of the recession in 2009, automakers sold 15.5 million vehicles in 2013 and sales are up 5% so far this year.
But for buyers looking for the bespoke luxury vehicle of their dreams or the most eco-friendly car available, supply is falling far short of demand. Either they're still in the test stages and just looking for some tongue-wagging saps to string along or they're being produced in such short supply -- or for such exclusive company -- that buying one is more a matter of position and influence than of money.
The following vehicles are just a few of the hottest vehicles available only in dreams and theory. If you want one, you're going to have to wait it out:
It's getting a lot more difficult to believe Lamborghini was once a little boutique automaker with supercars that were as tough to spot as a snowman in the Sahara.
In the past decade, Lamborghini has sold 14,000 of its popular Gallardo models and made that car its equivalent of the Honda Accord. Maybe not as practical but, by Lamborghini standards, every bit as ubiquitous.
That car is going away and its replacement Huracan comes roaring in with a 5.2-liter, 610-horsepower V-10 engine. It's lighter and faster than the Gallardo thanks to some creative use of carbon fiber and it's considered the "cheap" Lambo with a starting price of around $200,000. Unfortunately, that's made it every bit as popular as the Gallardo and has its waiting list at a year and growing.
No, it's not all carbon fiber and brawn like its $400,000 stablemate Aventador, but it's an easier way to get into a Lamborghini that -- oddly enough -- is making it a fairly tough get.