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Mitchell 208/208 S – 1977-1986 = 194,357 Units
Mitchell 209/209 S – 1977-1986 = 17,023 Units

 

The first three pictures show an excellent example of a 1st version Garcia Mitchell 208 series reel. From the reel's serial number G123105 and packaging; it is apparent this reel was made in France in 1977 just prior to Garcia  (USA) closing in 1978. A very short run and rare find in the box! We wish to thank our friend and Mitchell Mate Roy Allett for these pictures! You will also see the first and last version Mitchell Sports 206 S, thanks to Doug Bourque, the best images we can find so far.

 

We are missing pictures of the Browning 208 S and/or box and the Mitchell Sports box

 

As we've found in all 200 series reels, those with the letter "S" suffix seams to stand for "Saltwater Proof" as did the Mitchell 304 S reel. Upgrades to the 208 S include a new Housing, Rotating Head, Bail Wire and Mount, Spool Drag Knob and Anti-Reverse Lever. All of these improvements made the "S" series reel more durable and corrosion resistant but why did they drop the Spool Chenille felt lining PN 82175?

 

Also below are only the two first schematic releases we have of both; more can be seen in our Schematics Gallery. You'll also see a 200 Series Specification chart from a 1977 advertisement and another from 1981 on the 200 S Series. Other advertisement photographs are also shown to help as a visual aid in identification including the missing Browning 208 S.

 

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1977 200 Series Specs.jpg
1977 200 Series Specs.jpg
208 - 209 1978.jpg
208 - 209 1978.jpg
208 S MS 1st.1.jpg
208 S MS 1st.1.jpg
208 S MS 1st.2.jpg
208 S MS 1st.2.jpg
208 S - 209 S 1979.jpg
208 S - 209 S 1979.jpg
1979 Garcia Series.jpg
1979 Garcia Series.jpg
1981 Browning Series.jpg
1981 Browning Series.jpg
1983 Mitchell Sports Series.jpg
1983 Mitchell Sports Series.jpg
208 GM.2.jpg
208 GM.2.jpg
208 GM.1.jpg
208 GM.1.jpg
208 GM.3.jpg
208 GM.3.jpg
1981 200 S Series Specs.jpg
1981 200 S Series Specs.jpg
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
208 S MS 2nd
 
 
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