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Mitchell 440 – 1966-1986 = 343,332 Units (records show this reel was first advertised in 1966 but obviously made earlier)
Mitchell 441 – 1970-1984 = 22,006 Units

 

In the very early 1960s Mitchell started production on several new models including the 400/401, the 402/403, the 408/409 and the 410/411. These were all high speed upgrades to the 350/351. the 302/303, the 308/309 and even another upgrade to the 400/401 respectively. Soon after, say circa 1964, they started production on the Mitchell 440 but not a 441 as another upgrade to the Mitchell 330. All of these new models were painted a dark Midnight Blue with a higher-speed gear ratio.

 

The easiest way to tell an early first version 440 is the enlarged anti-reverse lever, the exposed large handle knob screw and the unusual baffle plate as you can see below with serial number 5273540 (circa 1964) is from the collection of James Entwistle. The next Mitchell 440 SN 8978658 (circa 1970) from the collection of Wayne Fassbender shows the smaller anti-reverse lever, the torpedo handle knob lube port covering the smaller screw and, the new style baffle plate.

 

The next one shown 440 SN A135964 (circa 1971) is a great example of a European release with a "Special" wedge sticker. These stickers are only found on some, but not all without the Garcia engraving. Another Garcia Mitchell 440 SN E20430 (circa 1975) shown is basically the same reel except for the new style bail wire with a roller line guide. I am showing this reel as found but there's a good possibility it was changed since it was the older style. The other possibility is they were using up old stock. Wallace Carney

 

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