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Mitchell 408 DL – 1971-1974 = 1,863 Units (Years do not match up with serial numbers)
Mitchell 409 DL – No Records This Model Was Ever Made


Mitchell Presentation Reels were made as far back as the late fifties called DeLuxe or DL for short. The first issued was the "test" version 300DL made in the late fifties. In the very early sixties, the 300DL was produced and advertised for the public. The 301DL came out in the later sixties along with the 408DL followed close by the 410DL. Except for the test version 300DL; all DeLuxe reels came in wood boxes with silver engraving plates on the top. The reels have a gold plated engraving plate on the reel’s housing and other gold plated parts as you can see.

 

The first one shown here is a very early version of the 408DL with serial number 849513 which places this reel in the later sixties. Like the 410DL; the 408DL came in two slightly different versions. The first version has a friction line guide on the old style bail wire. The second version has a roller line guide on the new style bail wire as you can see in the last three photographs. The second version has other slight differences like the handle knob screw but we've also noticed these are hard to find with gold plated drag adjustment knobs. All 408, 409 and 408DL reels are painted a dark Midnight Blue.


The 408DL is the most valued DeLuxe by collectors due to limited quantities produced.  Advertising is also elusive for the 408DL making them even more valued.


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