I haven't been able to find much information on this beauty, in fact, I've only seen one other Strad selling on eBay since I purchased this one over a year ago.
I've ben told they were made by Toyota, although this one has no markings to indicate this is true. Toyota did manufacture sewing machines that sold well in the US.
Remember the old 1960s Toyota Corollas? Didn't they look like big sewing machines? They were as cheap as a sewing machine though, and small as a sewing machine.
Actually this two-tone machine reminds me of the American cars of days gone by. The "futuristic" control knobs and the pearl and metallic paint, all reminiscent of the opulence of big gas-guzzling American automobiles of the 50s.
Japanese brand and model names of the time were supposed to sound non-Japanese. Stradivaro - what is it? Italian? Definitely not Japanese.