It’s been some time since the U.S. auto business boasted a bona fide “Next Big Thing” that had consumers pressing their faces up against showroom windows and paying hundreds – perhaps thousands – of dollars over sticker price to be among the first to get behind the wheel of what was a true head-turner.
Models like the MINI Cooper, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Volkswagen New Beetle were sudden sensations when they were first released, with demand far outstripping supply, at least initially. Similarly, the recently introduced ultra-quick Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the ferociously fast Ford Shelby GT 500 models are currently the hot tickets among auto enthusiasts who are willing and able to pay whatever it takes to beat their peers to the punch for vehicular bragging rights.
Forbes created the accompanying slideshow of what are the hardest-to-find cars this summer, based on current “days’ supply” figures provided to us by TrueCar.com. This statistic represents the theoretical number of days it takes the average dealership to sell its existing inventory of a given model and is a good indicator of how easy or difficult it will be to find an ample selection in stock from which to choose (also how easy or difficult it will be to strike a good deal – more on that later). While the industry-wide average days’ supply for June 2011 among all makes and models stands at 51 days, Mercedes dealers have only eight days’ inventory of the $105,500 SL-Class on hand.
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