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Mitchell 386 – 1968-1980 = 53,781 Units
Mitchell 387 – This Model Was Made During the Same Period - Estimated Units Made is Unknown

 

In 1968 Mitchell began production on several new saltwater models that were very similar. The 486/487 was the one most similar to the 386/397 models but it has a faster line retrieve as you can see in the last picture. The 488/489 had an extra large spool for more line capacity and the 496/497 was the same as the 486/487 except it has a skirted spool. The only difference between the Garcia and European versions were they didn't affix the Garcia wedge sticker leaving a void "mold" on the housing. It's important to note that some Garcia reels were sold in other countries including Europe in the Garcia packaging.

 

To make things even more confusing; in 1974 they introduced the new 302N series that was the same as the 386 series except for the Housing as you can see in the combined schematic. The 1969 schematic shown shows the first version 386/387 with a slight difference in the housing Main Gear Drive mold as you can see in the 1969 French Advertisement1969 French Advertisement near the Anti-Reverse Lever. All of these models have consecutive serial numbers sequences.

 

Serial Number 14890 shown below is a 1st version released c1968. The easiest way to tell a first version amongst all these "new" salt water models is the molding of the housing around the Main Gear Drive. There is no notch (as noted) as compared to the next version shown. Also note the small Garcia wedge that's common on early models. This changed to the larger sticker as you see:

 

Serial Number 409492 shown below is a 2nd version Garcia Mitchell in the matching serial number box from the early seventies. You can now see the elongated "notch" at the housing Main Gear Drive mold is now there due to a change in the Anti-Reverse Lever.

 

For more information, please browse our Schematics Gallery and even more information and specifications in our Advertisement Gallery.

 

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