No Brian they were all electric start.
496, All of the 8N tractors from 1947-1952 were red body with gray sheetmetal unless someone had repainted it the wrong color (or possibly some industrial versions were gray, not sure on that). And all of the 8N tractors were four speed. The 9N and 2N were three speeds and were painted all gray. The 9N and 2N both had a very distinguishing feature from the 8N because the 9N and 2N had a brake on each side instead of both brakes on the right side like the 8N.