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Mitchell 400 – 1963-1978 = 320,433 Units

Mitchell 400 – 1984-1984 = 7,808 Units (conflicting dates!)

Mitchell 401 – 1963-1977 = 41,908 Units

 

Colored in rich Midnight Blue with 5:1 high-speed gear ratio; this reel was advertised “The 400 has replaced the 350 model” but that never happened. Besides the serial numbers, the easiest way to tell first versions is the tiny hole in the anti-reverse lever. Also note the screw type handle shank without a screw slot on the counterweight, the baffle plate changes and the four star drag which soon changed. Below are great examples of very early Garcia distributed Mitchell 400 reels.

 

Serial Number 3476913 is a find by Jon Gregg in 2008, one I thought may not exist! It has the old style Trip Lever with "teeth" as shown on the first owner's manual cover and early ads but this reel does not have the 300 style bail wire. If you look in our 400 Series Vintage Advertisement400 Series Vintage Advertisement Gallery it shows this mysterious reel which was also originally advertised as Jet Black in color. The serial number dates this reel Made in France circa 1961. 

 

Serial Number 3929655 is a great specimen in the original box and also owned by Jon Gregg; purchased from Wallace Carney in 2006! This serial number dates this reel Made in France circa 1962.

 

Serial Number 4226645 is in the original box with paperwork. This same style box and serial number dates this reel made in France in the early/mid-sixties. Note the change in the Baffle Plate. 

 

Serial Number 5822285 is in the original box with paperwork. This new style box and serial number dates this reel made in France in the mid-sixties. Note the change in the Anti-Reverse Lever and the Baffle Plate with the "new" Anti-Inertia Brake.

 

Serial Number E030401 is a 400 Series Garcia Mitchell 401 LH Model in the original box with papers. This style box started circa 1967 and included the reel's serial number on the side. The reel shown in from 1975 just as this changed to just the model number as you can see on the box. Note the change from a friction line guide to a roller line guide on the bail wire which happened in the early seventies as you can see in our 400-401 Series Schematics400-401 Series Schematics Gallery!

 

Serial Number Q,3.12 made in 1985 is from the collection of our Mitchell Mate Charles Karolewski. A rare last version 400 model with quite a few changes including the new black paint. All previous versions were painted Midnight Blue. This reel is homeless but would have been in the Mitchell Sports style box as seen in other series reels.

 

Serial Number T,4. made in 1988 is from the collection of another Mitchell Mate Martin Stone. In 1988 Mitchell closed its factory and for some unknown reason this serial number is found on several different models. Duplicate serial numbers are commonly found on same models made at the same time starting in the late seventies.  

 

The serial numbers on the 400 ran in numeric sequence with all Mitchell 300 style classic egg-shaped reels till the end. More European Versions will be added as time permits.  

 

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