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Recently, automobile collectors have been especially interested in 1960s, and early 1970s American muscle cars, and particularly those from 1969, and 1970. This clear preference highlights a certain shift in taste on the part of many serious collectors to favor particularly rare models that were iconic when new. Which one of the following, if true, most strongly supports the observed shift in taste described above?

A. During the 1980s, a similar shift occurred within the classic car collector market wherein American muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s were highly coveted.
B. As time has passed, a growing and substantial proportion of serious automobile collectors are those who were exposed to late 1960's and 1970s American muscle cars as young adults.
C. Recently, the collector automobile market in general has undergone an unprecedented surge in popularity.
D. During the 1960s and 1970s, the prices of American muscle cars often exceeded the prices of other cars that are currently popular among collectors.
E. American muscle cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s started to garner significant interest by serious collectors over two decades ago.

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Recently, automobile collectors have been especially interested in 1960s, and early 1970s American muscle cars, and particularly those from 1969, and 1970. This clear preference highlights a certain shift in taste on the part of many serious collectors to favor particularly rare models that were iconic when new. Which one of the following, if true, most strongly supports the observed shift in taste described above?

A. During the 1980s, a similar shift occurred within the classic car collector market wherein American muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s were highly coveted.
B. As time has passed, a growing and substantial proportion of serious automobile collectors are those who were exposed to late 1960's and 1970s American muscle cars as young adults.
C. Recently, the collector automobile market in general has undergone an unprecedented surge in popularity.
D. During the 1960s and 1970s, the prices of American muscle cars often exceeded the prices of other cars that are currently popular among collectors.
E. American muscle cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s started to garner significant interest by serious collectors over two decades ago.



Question Type: Strengthen

Boil It Down (Simplified & Abbreviated Summary of the Prompt): Shift in taste -> Surge in iconic muscle car interest

Missing Information (assumption): Proof of causality. A shift in taste is what caused the surge in interest for iconic muscle cars Goal: Look for an option that reinforces the idea there is a shift in taste in the marketplace

Ⓐ Irrelevant. Other shifts in taste are outside of the argument's logical focus. Whether there were OTHER similar shifts in taste in the past has no logical strengthening effect on an argument about THIS shift.

Ⓑ Yes! This option provides evidence of an evolving marketplace that would have a reason to favor American muscle cars: there has been an apparent generational shift in the market. If a growing and SUBSTANTIAL proportion of the collector marketplace were exposed to American muscle cars as young adults, it would provide logical force to the idea that there is indeed a shift in taste in the market as a whole. Now, is this a slam dunk case for the argument though? No, but we're not asked to PROVE the observation, but rather we're asked to select the option that provides the best SUPPORT for the claim that that a shift in taste is responsible. This option does exactly that.

Ⓒ Irrelevant. This option offers no support to the claim that a shift in taste is responsible for the boost in American muscle car popularity. Whether the entire market is increasing, decreasing, or remains the same size doesn't impact the fact that there is a documented boost in popularity in favor of American muscle cars.

Ⓓ Irrelevant. The pricing of the cars WHEN THEY WERE NEW has absolutely no relevance to the collector automobile market TODAY. American muscle cars could have been twice the price of other cars when new, and that wouldn't reinforce why there would be a recent shift in taste in favor of American muscle cars today.

Ⓔ It tells us that the prices for American muscle cars in the 1960s and 1970s was higher THEN, but what time-frame is the trend in the argument? Recent. So now, how would the original prices of the cars have any impact on the prices now, or why there would have been a shift in favor of those cars now in the collector automobile market? Specifically, there is no logical connection because the prices of American muscle cars and all other cars could have fluctuated so much since then. Cars can depreciate, and never gain value, or appreciate again. There's just no automatic way to know how the original pricing relates to future trends.

Answer: B
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New post 19 Jul 2018, 23:29
I am not convinced with the explanation. Please explain how option 'B' is the correct answer?
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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. why cant the solution be d? not able to understand
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Why can option E? As per explanation, the price is irrelevant. But option does not state anything about price. It is talking about interest so the explanation is not proper.
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