Mitchell 300 Series 5th Version
The 5th version main determining factor was that the model number is now engraved as “Mitchell 3-0-0 or 3-0-1” on the cover plate. The one shown in pictures 1 - 6 is a very nice European 5th version with serial number is 1917641 and from the sticker on the box, this one was not to be exported from France. The serial number and box style dates this reel back to 1958/59 which was during the same time Garcia’s name (6th Version) started being engraved on reels. All 5th versions will have serial numbers starting in the 620000 range (mid-fifties) up to serial number range 1800000 (1958/59) for both Garcia and European versions and up to serial number range 7900000 (1967/1968) for European models.
The one shown in pictures 7 - 12 is a Garcia distributed 5th version Mitchell 3-0-1 with serial number 876756 which dates this reel 1955/56. This was issued just as Charles Garcia changed their name to The Garcia Corporation. It's also among the last of the inverted cover plate. Soon after, this upside-down plate was corrected to right side up when held on a rod. You will also see this is also at the same time when the price went from $29.95 to $32.50. People ask how we know dates of these reels; we know by when certain documented proof is discovered. You just learned two...
All LH (301) versions prior to 1958/59 up to serial number range 1800000 will be found in a red top two piece cardboard box. All RH (300) versions during this same time will be found in the Royal blue box as shown. The very early left hand 301 5th versions still had their cover plates mounted upside-down (inverted) on the housing as you can see and as discussed in the 4th version. Also as noted in the 4th version, the inverted serial numbers on the housing was soon corrected in the 1040000 serial number range and then finally moved back to the foot in the 1880000 serial number range where it remained.
The one shown in pictures 13 - 18 is a European 5th version Mitchell 3-0-0 and because of her serial number 4913175 confirms the correct box. This reel was made in 1962/63 long after Garcia started having their name engraved. You will also find 5th versions with other distributor's names or logos engraved including Albatros, Arca and Balzer which we will add pictures of as time permits.
As stated in the 4th version; there is no difference between the Garcia and European versions through this 5th version except for stickers and documents! Although many changes occurred within each version such as baffle plates as you can see below; they changed on all reels at the same time of manufacture regardless where they were headed for distribution.
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