Saab Gaworski - the traditionalists in Hamburg

It is raining mercilessly on Tuesday when I am on my way to Hamburg. On the way I pick up Jan, then we drive together to Saab Gaworski. It feels like the whole of Hamburg is a huge construction site, turning into the target street is forbidden and not recommended with a patrol car behind you. The bypass costs 10 minutes that were not planned until we finally roll into the yard of the workshop.

Saab Gaworski in Hamburg. Generalists with tradition
Saab Gaworski in Hamburg. Generalists with tradition

The Gaworski family runs one of these smaller workshops, which I greatly appreciate, and unfortunately they are less and less. We are greeted friendly, the morning coffee is quickly on the table. Jan and I talk to Joerg Gaworski about Saab. You've been there since the early 70, and an impressive collection of wall certificates testifies to your commitment to the brand.

Here one loves and lives Saab, even if the times are tougher and the customers naturally no longer get. Nevertheless, one is confident about the future, and a walk across the site and through the workshop shows me why. Keeping vehicles on the road every day is only part of the task. A well-stocked spare parts warehouse and an experienced team are available for this. Saab replacement cars ensure that no one has to do without their beloved automotive environment, even when they are in the workshop for a long time.

Generalists and traditionalists

A second pillar is restorations. Classics from the Göta Älv get a second or maybe even third life. In the workshop, employees work on a Saab 99 during their visit. The way to his rebirth is even longer, but the direction is right. The engine is already overhauled, the body expertly welded. Some spots are partially repainted in the rare green hue. During the conversation, I quickly understand that there are generalists at work who work with years of experience and expertise on old vehicles.

Such companies are no longer easy to find, and I suspect that Saab fans from Hamburg will appreciate Gaworski's presence. Except for large paint jobs, nothing is done externally; you have competencies in your own team for body construction, engine overhauls and other activities. A nice example of a successful restoration is a red 900 Coupe parked in the courtyard. It looks very good, makes me wonder for a split minute. A classic 900, not had it for a long time? But the rain is now so intense that I have to forego a detailed inspection.

The Company Gaworski Like the brand itself, it has a long and eventful history. At times as a Saab dealer, then a short break, later as a service partner. Today the company and its team of five are active as a partner of Orio AB. We are currently looking for a master who could strengthen the team and lead the company into the future. Small workshops, the direct line to the owner and to those who work on the car are particularly valuable. The scene and the brand benefit from it. I wish there was more of this.

10 thoughts on "Saab Gaworski - the traditionalists in Hamburg"

  • Here at the SAABLOG in November 2014 I had previously reported on SAAB Gaworski.
    (See report: 25 years Saab 90 with SAAB Service Gaworski). In January 2020 I drive this SAAB 90 30 years.
    In 2014 my SAAB 90 was then also extensively seen in the Auto Bild Klassik. Gaworski makes a big contribution to the fact that this car can still be seen on the street.

    About 2,5 years ago, Mr. Stahl from Gaworski took over the sheet metal and welding work from our restoration project, another SAAB 90. We carried out the rest of the work in our double garage. Since March 2019 this car has been registered again with an H license plate.

    I would like to thank Tom and Jan for the objective report. I wish company Gaworski for the next years
    All the best.

  • It is first-class that there are such workshops. With Gold not to be weighed, here is still working with a lot of SAAB expertise. It is also a good feeling to know a great SAAB workshop in Hamburg on the way to Scandinavia, which is recommended by the blog!

  • Such a workshop is worth homo saabiens gold for us. I myself have here in 60 km distance in Paderborn the Borghardt, which is also indispensable and above all very committed in terms of maintaining the driving ability of our sweetheart.


  • Thanks for the nice report. So we can only hope that such garages will continue to exist.
    In Switzerland, there are also a few Saab enthusiasts. One of them is the Garage Buser in Augst, near Basel.

  • Nice report from my home workshop !!! Here I am always treated friendly and fair and the cars then run as usual !!!

  • Nice that there are still such dedicated Saab companies. We Saab drivers in Eastern Austria have with Saab Himberg also huge luck to have such a great dedicated workshop.

  • Thanks Tom.
    Thank you company Gaworski

  • I have been with him for nearly 2 years and have been very happy. Sure, it takes just as long as it takes but as long as you always drive a nice other old SAAB as Werstattersatzwagen.
    All his fault diagnoses were correct and everything was repaired accordingly and the botch of others expertly eliminated.
    As long as my second 9-5 rolls with me, it will continue to be brought there for maintenance and repair.

  • That alone - “a well-stocked spare parts store” - immediately arouses sympathy with me ...

    My long-term service of trust has lost me, among other things, because the warehouse was chronically and notoriously completely empty. Therefore, not a single service was possible on a calendar day. Something little something that you wanted to do extra was always discovered. Sometimes the Calix was supposedly leaky, sometimes it was the tilt sensor on the rear axle that is essential for the correct setting of the xenon headlights. And so it goes on happily ...

    Whatever it was, the vehicle was reliably withheld for 2 to 3 days. because - apart from engine oil and filters - you had absolutely nothing to start with. It cannot and must not be. Not at this hourly rate. It's nice if there are still positive counterexamples.


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