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Mitchell 508 – 1970-1973 = 15,560 Units
Mitchell 509 – No Records This Model Was Ever Made

 

In 1968 Mitchell started producing the Mitchell series with a modified “Forked” foot starting with the 510; a modified 410. They later produced the 508 (408), 500 (300), 524 (324) and the 540 (440) with this same foot. A special rod was also made to accept the reels. The first evidence of a "Special" wedge emblem was on the early versions of this rod. No left hand (LH) versions of these reels are known to exist.  


In 1971 Mitchell was celebrating 20 million reels being manufactured in France. Balzer of Germany helped celebrate this event by advertising and selling the first “Dual” series. These were the 500, 508, 510 and 540 offered as a “set” with a matching Conolon rod. Neither the rod nor reel had the Balzer name inscribed but just the Dual Wedge or on earlier 510 models; the Special wedge was on the reel as well. For more information on this issue, see the last picture.  


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