350 / 351 Rapid 5/1
Mitchell 350 – 1956-1986 = 613,402 Units
Mitchell 351 – 1958-1971 = 28,482 Units
Very little is known about Mitchell “Rapids” due to no advertising or records prior to the name change to the Mitchell 350 5/1. The 1st Version with serial number 1095914 is completely original in the 1st version box. We’ve determined a date of 1956 for this reel. The one with serial number 1233227 is also completely original in the 2nd version box but it has now changed to the Mitchell 350 5/1. We’ve determined the date of 1957 for this reel. All of these reels have their serial number stamped on the gear housing.
The next one shown was still sealed in the original wrapping with matching serial number 1315408 on both the reel and wrapper. This is the last one just prior to Garcia's name being engraved in "season" 1958/59. Naturally, European versions would be the exact same but without the Garcia box and reel stickers. Although very little changes were made from the last one shown, you'll notice the anti-reverse lever now has a small hole for unknown reasons.
The last one shows a European release destributed by ARCA but includes a retail tackle company's sticker on the rotating head. Huis Moerman is a fishing tackle shop in Belgium with their own fish logo. This reel came mint in the box with original ARCA paperwork. There are other releases with various vender names engraved including Albatros, ARCA, Balzer and Garcia. More images will be added as time permits.
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