NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- You think having a lot of clout and a big stack of cash will get you the car of your dreams? Get in line, pal.
For each rush-hour racer who simply must have the newest sporty six-figure supercar and each expressway environmentalist who lusts after the latest plug-in hybrid, there are hundreds of others vying for the same vehicle. In a world of 6.8 billion people, overlap is bound to occur.
Despite a more than 10% drop in U.S. auto sales between May and June (still up 14.4% from June 2009), coveted cars are selling out and waiting lists are expanding. Special editions from Ferrari and McLaren and anticipated plug-ins from GM's (MTLQQ) Chevrolet and Nissan (NSANY) (Stock Quote: NSANY) are longstanding prizes, but more common models from GMC and Ford (F) (Stock Quote: F) have also become precious commodities.