5000C was produced into the early 1980's with straight cut side plates before palming cup took over.Introduced in 1967, this was the first model mass produced with "C" engraved beside the model number.Borgström was a brilliant craftsman with a talent for light precision engineering; skills he had acquired during his years in the Halda watchmaking factory.Unfortunately, World War II caused a sharp decline in the demand for taxi meters."C" denotes the use of ball bearings; however, the 5000C was not the very first model to use them.The 5000C De Luxe introduced in 1962, was the first.
There are a lot of different reel foot numbers in the same model and series so you have to have the reel foot number to give to them because the very first abu 6500c3 has a few design differences over the years to the latest one.The 5000C -- 4 s-c-r-e-w was produced in 1966 and introduced in 1967, this ball bearing model would be the fist reel engraved with a "C." This was not the first model to use ball bearings, as that claim belongs to the presentation 5000De Luxe model in 1962.For approximately the first 18 months of production, the 5000C was delivered in a 4 s-c-r-e-w frame until January 1968 when all Abu frames changed to a 3 s-c-r-e-w version.page (sadly some are now defunct) about Len Borgstom, Simon Shimomura and Daniel Skupien and more are absolutely essential to the study and appreciation of these fine reels. More specific 1969 advertizing illustrates the ground-breaking features of smooth chrome anti-corrosive manufacturing, fine tolerances between surfaces, centrifugal braking systems, multi-disk star drag, precision matched gears lapped to perfect smoothness, evolution from bushes to ball bearings etc By 1975, we see a much greater emphasis on the wider range of Ambassadeur models taking the reel to more demanding use for bigger salt water fish.These books are very definitely the Universe when it comes to matters ABU. 5000, 5000A, 5000B, 6000 and bigger Direct drive model The bigger salt water models 7000, 8600 (8500 in Europe), 9000 and 10 000 sizes Ball bearing models High retrieve speed models No better persons to be the Ambassadors for this new reel are authors Espen SJaastad and Karl-Erik Svensson Permission has been kindly extended to me to note their best practice documenting of this fine series of small Ambassadeurs which started in 1975 and continues to this day.