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Mitchell 406 – 1963-1979 = 250,521 Units
Mitchell 407 – 1963-1979 = 36,659 Units

 

The first version Mitchell 406/407 was introduced in the early 1960s as a high speed version of the 306. Both were intermediate reel sized between the Mitchell 300 and 302 series reels and advertised for all fresh and saltwater fishing and distributed in Europe, Canada and The United States. All 406 reels were painted Midnight Blue as were other Mitchell series reels such as the 400, 408 and 410.

Just like the first version 306 series; the foot's stem length was still a bit too short which could be a bail wire knuckle buster when retrieving. This was eventually fixed in the mid 1960s by expanding the stem from 55mm to 62mm on both series reels. The serial numbers on the 306, 307, 406 and 407 are in sequence.


The pictures with serial number (SN) 414627 shows a Garcia First Version in the box with paperwork. A true first version will not have the handle-to-shaft "Dust Cover" and will have the old style bail wire with a friction line guide as shown below.

The Mitchell 406 SN 920624 "Special" from the mid 1960s shown the new style bail wire with roller line guide. This was a European release only. SN E629611 from 1975 shows very little change in the reel itself until SN G346112 from 1977 where the reel's color changed to Sky Blue. Please note the Dust Cover on the handle is missing but thanks to our Mitchell Mate Roy Allett, it's the best we have so far.

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