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Mitchell 308A - 1979-1985 = Quantities Unknown

Mitchell 309A - 1979-1985 = Quantities Unknown

 

After Garcia's bankruptcy in 1978; Carpano & Pons (Mitchell) and Impecco (import/export) struggled to help save distribution and sales especially in America. Garcia believed their "name" and reputation could survive so they published their 1979 annual catalog, printed late 1978. You can see the ads for a Garcia Mitchell 300A, a 308A and a 306A by Clicking HereClicking Here. Unfortunately they didn't survive and in the same year (1979) Browning was granted exclusive distribution rights. The first and last release Garcia Mitchell 308A series is believed be the rarest of all Mitchell's 308A series reels due to the very limited time frame.

 

SN J060403 (1979) is a First Version GM 309A (LH) from the collection of our friend and Mitchell mate, Martin Stone. From all appearances it appears to be authentic including a logical serial number. This reel does not have the new style bail assembly as advertised but we find that common on several LH models during transition periods, old stock being used up!

 

SN J201109 (1979) is a first release distribution by Browning. The silver band sticker around the rotating head is the most distinguishing feature on this release. This 309A LH also available as a 308A RH naturally is not a good example but the best we have to show right now. The spools were polished aluminum but see the old and new style style drag knobs, another transition.

 

SN L344112 (1981) is the second release distributed by Browning. Note the change in boxes and the rotating head "sticker" is now printed directly on the rotating head, much nicer! This series was also distributed by Mitchell Sports and can be found in their packaging. (see below) The spools varied on this from aluminum to the most common being the graphite. This one has the rarest white spool but always beware, handles and spools are easily changed!

 

SN P111 (1984) this release was only distributed my Mitchell Sports after Browning's involvement. It is easily distinguished by the single red band under the silver print around the rotating head. Also note the changes in the bail assembly and for whatever reason; they went back to the old style trip lever and cross-wind gearing as the only option.

 

Please visit our 308A / 309A Schematics Gallery for more information. This is an ongoing study; more to come as time permits.

 

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